Airbus to Build Flying Taxis

Traffic problems are increasing day by day across the globe as a result of increasing urbanization, particularly in “megacities” – urban centres with upwards of ten million inhabitants. The situation is even worse in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.
Flying taxis could become a reality. Airbus has announced ambitious plans to test prototype flying taxis before the end of the year, ahead of a wider rollout in 2021. The aerospace company is working on a Project Vahana, an autonomous, single passenger taxi capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The company believes they will ease congestion on roads, and help the public save time and money. Airbus envisages a future in which people are able to book flying taxis through an app, in a similar manner to Uber.

Transport service providers are one target group for such vehicles. The system could operate similarly to car-sharing applications, with the use of smartphones to book a vehicle. The industry expects such technologies to hit a price/performance point which would make autonomous passenger transport technically possible and economically viable. This is a highly attractive opportunity. A network of flying taxis might sound like science fiction, but experts at Airbus believe that the vision is already taking shape.

By Smriti Gaba


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Surface Phone- Can it revive Microsoft’s Mobile Business?

According to rumours, Microsoft is developing a Surface phone as the next product in its Surface line of products. The huge amount of speculations that are going on for the phone, it may give iPhone a run for its money.

The latest speculations suggest an Intel Lake processor, which is a laptop class processor, an almost edge-to-edge display, liquid cooling tech and appears to be sleeker than Lumia phones.

Other top-notch specs include 20MP Carl Zeiss primary camera, compass, proximity sensor, 6GB or 8GB RAM, barometer and a fingerprint scanner embedded under the phone’s display, something not seen before.

Also, it’s rumoured to sport a 5.5 inch super AMOLED display.

But with these killer specs, would this phone be able to make a dent in the market?

It’s highly unlikely though if it runs Windows 10 Mobile. The phone may sport some really cool hardware but almost everyone is aware of the face that when it comes to software, Windows Mobile doesn’t stand a chance.

The company hoped that with Windows 10 Mobile and Project Islewood they’d be able to attract developers and gain a significant market share. Facebook ported the iOS Messenger and Instagram apps to Windows. However, it hasn’t helped much. None of the attempts of the company to attract developers are working. It has, on the contrary, removed apps from its store which hasn’t been updated for a long time, significantly decreasing its chances of having a success in the mobile market.

Also, there are rumours that it may be shipped with Windows 10 giving the phone PC-like performance. And some suggest that it’d be able to run Android apps much like what was there in BlackBerry 10.

Allowing to run Android apps in its native OS didn’t help BlackBerry, so there’s a little chance that it may help Microsoft. However, if they ship Windows 10 Mobile then the phone may be able to disrupt the market.

The phone would be marketed keeping businesses and tech enthusiasts in mind. Now that Lumia is dead, Surface may be company’s attempt at reviving its Windows Mobile line.

With the company upping the ante with each Surface launch, we may expect something really fabulous from the phone. Only time will tell whether it would prove to be a feather in Surface line’s cap or a disaster…Fingers crossed till then.





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