The German automotive concern Porsche is considering the production of unmanned aerial vehicles for the airlift of people. It is assumed that passengers could manage the drone themselves
Company Porsche plans to produce cars-drones for the air transportation of people. This was announced by the director of the sales company Detlev von Platen in an interview with the German industry magazine Automobilwoche, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
He noted that the use of drones would reduce the travel time from Zuffenhausen, the Stuttgart district, where the headquarters of the concern is located, to Stuttgart airport for 3.5 minutes, while the car now takes 30 minutes to go by road. Therefore, Porsche is going to start the embodiment of this idea.
According to Platen, the car company can present the model of an air taxi already in the near future, adding that it is likely to be a model of independent management, which will be managed by passengers.
He also did not rule out that such air cars could be used in densely populated areas.
TOYOTA WILL STOP SELLING DIESEL CARS IN EUROPE
Japanese automaker Toyota starting in 2018 will gradually stop selling diesel cars in Europe.
This was announced on Monday, March 5, Toyota Motor Europe president Johan van Zeel in Geneva on the eve of the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, informs DW with reference to news agency AFP.
“We won’t develop new diesel technologies for cars more , we will focus on” hybrids, “said a spokesman for Toyota.
The share of Toyota cars with diesel engines, which are sold in Europe, is gradually decreasing. Last year, only about 15 percent of all Toyota cars sold in Europe were diesel powered. Moreover, five years ago, in 2012, the share of “diesel engines” sold was 30 percent. At the same time, in recent years, the automaker has sold significantly more hybrid models, in 2017 their share from all cars sold was 45 percent.
TRUMP THREATENED A NEW DUTY ON CARS FROM EUROPE
He wrote about this on Twitter.
In particular, Trump commented on the statement on EU countermeasures in response to the decision of the White House to introduce high tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. ”
the EU intends to continue to raise the tariffs too high for American companies, we will set import duties on their cars,” Trump said.
“Europeans themselves are preventing the US from selling its cars to the EU,” he added. Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced the introduction of duties on the import of steel and aluminum in 25% and 10% respectively.
European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström stressed that the US decision will have a bad effect on transatlantic relations.
IN THE USA HYBRID AND ELECTRIC CARS ARE OBLIGED TO BE LOUD
Yes! It happened! What was quiet, it will not be so. On February 26, 2018, the US Department of Transportation passed a law obliging car manufacturers to introduce in the plants, by 2020, a technology to equip hybrid and electric cars with any sounds so pedestrians could hear their approach. A similar requirement was put forward by the US Congress back in 2010, but it was legislated only now.
Now, to reduce collisions with pedestrians (including those who do not see well) and cyclists, automakers must equip their hybrid and electric cars with generators of sounds that vehicles must automatically release at low speeds – up to 30 km / h.
At higher speed, tire noise, wind resistance and other factors eliminate the need for additional sounds, but when driving through city streets and near crossroads, this is necessary.
While legislators have not yet given an accurate list of sounds that should be used for this purpose, they promise that they will finalize this moment. According to rough estimates of experts, the US automotive industry will now have to spend an additional $ 40 million annually on retrofitting vehicles, but the benefits of reducing traffic injuries are estimated at $ 250 million annually.
According to the US Transportation Security Agency, now not equipped with sound, hybrid and electric cars are 19% more likely to run into pedestrians and cyclists.