Ehang’s passenger-carrying drone conducts first test flights
Chinese drone maker Ehang has released footage of its first piloted test flights. The quadcopter, dubbed the Ehang 184, has been put through a battery of tests over the last several months, with the company conducting over 1,000 test flights with human passengers.
Source: The Verge
Virgin Money the latest to ban buying Bitcoin on credit cards
Virgin Money has this week joined Lloyds Banking Group in banning customers from buying Bitcoin and other digital currencies with their credit cards. Like Lloyds, Virgin Money is concerned about customers running up large debts following a sharp fall in the value of digital currencies.
Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully
Elon Musk has successfully launched his Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon Heavy is essentially three of SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicles strapped together. However, due to its complexity Musk previously said the chance of a successful first outing might be only 50-50.
Elon Musk wants to see a new space race
Elon Musk also used the launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket to declare that he would like to see a new space race. "I think it's going to open up a sense of possibility," Musk said of his freshly demonstrated 23-story launcher. "We want a new space race. Space races are exciting."
Source: Business Insider
Self-driving truck completes 2,400 mile cross-country trip
Embark’s self-driving truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville with minimal help from its on-board human driver. The autonomous vehicle completed a 2,400 mile trip from Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida in five days, travelling for “hours at a time with no disengagements.”
Source: Tech Crunch
Is former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick really Gordon Gekko?
In the trial where Google’s driverless car spinoff Waymo accuses the ride-hailing company Uber of stealing trade secrets, former Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, has been likened to the star of the 1987 movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko, for whom “winning was more important than obeying the law”.