ermany’s WOF GmbH is taking electric travel bigger with a larger electric motorhome. With an advertised 186 miles (300 km) of range, the Iridium motorhome is more capable of traveling the country than you might expect of such a large EV, offering an intriguing zero-emissions alternative for holiday travelers
The powerful eMove Cruiser electric scooter features a 52 V/600 W brushless hub motor that’s reported to reach a peak of 1,600 W, and is capable of carrying two adults (max load capacity is 160 kg/352 lb). Voro told us that the eMove has a top speed of between 27 and 34 mph (43.5 – 54.7 km/h), though the product page mentions 37 mph, with a finger throttle used to increase speed.
A partnership led by Rolls-Royce is building an all-electric aircraft that may smash into the record books with a top speed of over 300 mph (480 km/h) – beating the previous record of 210 mph (338 km/h) set in 2017 by Siemens. Scheduled to fly in 2020, the zero-emission electric speedster is being developed as part of the Accelerating the Electrification of Flight (ACCEL) and is billed as a leader of the “third wave” of aviation.
The novel thing about AnyBotics’ solution is that it doesn’t have wheels. Instead, its robot has legs like a horse or a dog. Which makes it suitable a variety of environments, including oil rigs of all places.
The company has partnered with automotive systems supplier Continental to demonstrate a delivery solution which can, because of lack of wheel, can climb stairs.
It measures 30 feet long by 28 feet wide (9.1 by 8.5 m), and has a claimed battery range of up to 50 miles (80.5 km). Among other things, Boeing NeXt is also developing an electric cargo air vehicle (CAV), which can carry a payload of up to 500 lb (227 kg) – it made its first indoor test flight last year, with its outdoor testing scheduled to begin sometime this year.
This week’s PAV flight was a test of the aircraft’s autonomous functions and ground control systems, in which it successfully took off, hovered in place, and then landed. It was not carrying any passengers at the time. Subsequent flights are planned to evaluate its fixed-wing flight capabilities, along with its ability to smoothly transition between vertical and forward flight.
Tesla has rapidly expanded its production lines over the past year, and this next phase of international expansion could push its capabilities further. It delivered 83,922 cars in 2016, jumping to 101,072 cars in 2017 as the Model 3 entered production, exploding to 254,530 cars in 2018 as production ramped up. In the second half of 2018, Tesla sold 119,000 Model 3s in the United States, claiming the fifth spot in U.S. sedan sales and the number one spot when measured by revenue.
2018 was a year of reckoning for artificial intelligence (AI), proving that it’s here to stay and will soon be all around us. Although the hype was at an all-time high, Deloitte’s State of AI in the Enterprise 2018 report showed that 82% of early adopters of AI saw positive ROI, and 63% adopted machine learning (ML) as a key technology in 2018.
In 2019, we can expect more serious adoption and value creation for businesses with AI. Based on hundreds of conversations with practitioners and thought leaders, and after many AI projects this year, here’s my take on what to expect in 2019.