Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
The Verge – Andrew J. Hawkins
The German startup Volocopter just signed a deal with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to test its multicopters later this year. Dubai is strengthening its position as a testing platform for some of the transportation world’s more futuristic ideas. Indeed, Volocopter’s taxis will not be the only multicopters flying through the city. Earlier this year, the city inked a deal with the chinese startup Ehang to test its single-person quadcopter.
Readwrite – David Curry
The University of Michigan is working on its own self-driving shuttle service to take students from campus to the Lurie Engineering Center. The simulated city project Mcity will be in charge of the shuttle service. “It also underscores the importance of international collaboration as we work with companies from around the world to help society realize the substantial benefits in safety and sustainability promised by automated vehicles.” said S. Jack Hu, U-M vice president for research
In an interview conducted in Prague with reSITE’s founder and landscape architect Martin Barry, Citylab explored the reasons why the Old Word town is a great place to reflect about the urban spaces of tomorrow and the necessity for future cities to combine old infrastructures with new ones.
Techcrunch – John Mannes
IBM is currently working with Air Force Research Lab to develop an AI supercomputer that will run on an array of its TrueNorth line of chips. IBM believes that its chips could add significant value to constrained applications such as mobile phones and self-driving vehicles. TrueNorth has already been put in use in over 40 institutions including universities and government agencies.