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Boeing's flying taxi takes to the skies in its first test flight

Boeing's flying taxi takes to the skies in its first test flightA self-flying air taxi built by one of the world's biggest defence and aerospace giants has lifted off on its maiden test flight in the US. Boeing revealed its autonomous air passenger vehicle (PAV), which the US company hopes will be a contender for future flying taxi services. The PAV uses electric vertical takeoff and landing technology, meaning it could fly in constricted urban areas. The test saw a controlled takeoff, hover and landing and tested the flying taxi's autonomous functions and landing systems. “In one year, we have progressed from a conceptual design to a flying prototype,” said Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop.  The aircraft comes as part of Boeing's future-gazing NeXt division, its research arm developing autonomous and electric aircraft. The test flight comes as tech companies vie to launch flying taxi and autonomous drone services for human passengers and package delivery. FAQ | Drones Uber has said it aims to have a flying taxi service in place by next year, launching a pilot version of the service in Dallas and Dubai. It is also exploring bringing its flying taxis further afield, with Japan, France, Brazil, Australia and India up for consideration for its uberAIR service. Amazon, meanwhile, has been testing  autonomous flying drones as part of its Amazon Air delivery service. Amazon Air would see package carrying drones deposit goods in remote locations by air. The pilot has been tested in Cambridge. Meanwhile Boeing, better known for its commercial jets and military aircraft, has been developing the PAV since 2018. For now, the aircraft has a flying range of just 50 miles. It measures 30 feet by 28 feet. Boeing has also developed an autonomous electric flying drone, which can carry up to 225kg, which is designed for delivering packages in hard to reach areas. It completed indoor testing last year and will transition to outdoor flights in 2019.



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Mexico Travel Warning Issued After Bodies Were Found in a Taxi, a Hammock and Bags

Mexico Travel Warning Issued After Bodies Were Found in a Taxi, a Hammock and BagsThe bodies were in a taxi, a hammock, and bags



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We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi Drivers

We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi DriversAfter the ban on women drivers was lifted on June 24, companies like Uber and Careem are putting women in the driver's seat



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Taxi hits pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square, injuring 8

Taxi hits pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square, injuring 8MOSCOW (AP) — Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured Saturday when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow.



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Moscow taxi mounts pavement and injures people 'wearing Mexico colours'

Moscow taxi mounts pavement and injures people 'wearing Mexico colours'A taxi mounted the pavement near Moscow's Red Square on Saturday evening, ploughing into a group of people and injuring eight. Early reports say that Mexico fans are among the injured, as some of those involved were wearing Mexican team colours. Police said the driver likely lost control of the vehicle and has been detained. Two ambulances quickly arrived at the scene and seven people were taken to hospital.  There were no immediate details on the severity of the pedestrians' injuries, although a medical source told local media that none of them were grave. The driver, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, said he did not act on purpose, according to Moscow authorities.  The taxi lost a bumper and toppled a parking sign during the incident Credit: Twitter Interfax media reported sources saying the driver may have been drunk. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 650 feet from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping arcade. Russia is currently hosting the World Cup and Moscow is one of 11 Russian cities where tournament games are being played.  Although it did not initially appear to be deliberate, it will hardly lessen fears of a terrorist threat during the World Cup.  Ambulances take injured people away in the aftermath of the accident Credit: Twitter Russia has earned the enmity of jihadi groups with its bombing campaign against the Islamic State and rebels in Syria, and Islamists have reportedly threatened fans at the tournament. Last year, 16 people were killed when a lone wolf attacker blew himself up in the metro in St Petersburg, the World Cup host city near where the England team is based for the tournament.  An ambulance parked near the damaged taxi that injured seven when it mounted the pavement  Credit: Jack Stubbs/Reuters Moscow has struggled for years with a simmering Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus region, where it fought two bloody wars in Chechnya.    Tens of thousands of police have been deployed to World Cup cities, along with national guardsmen and Cossacks, the traditional caste of horse warriors. The taxi is towed away from the scene of the crash, just a few hundred yards from the Kremlin Credit: Reuters Anti-aircraft missiles and drone-jamming devices have been protecting the skies near stadiums.  The influx of police into World Cup cities has been so great that police in at least one other city have worried crime could go up there.



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Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototype

Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototypeUber is dead set on bringing its ride-hailing service to the skies, and the company showed off its latest flying taxi prototype on Tuesday. The prototype bowed ahead of Uber’s Elevate conference, which will bring the aviation, real estate, and infrastructure industries together with government regulators. Uber said its initial research found the stacked rotors provided better performance and quieter operation.



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Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxi

Man taken to New York airport for deportation slips away from ICE agents and escapes in taxiA manhunt has been launched for a detainee scheduled for deportation from the US who managed to escape from officers and flee from New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport in a taxi. Law enforcement officials said CCTV footage showed the prisoner leaving the airport in a yellow taxi. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been contacted for comment.



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EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulated

EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulatedThe European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday that Uber is an ordinary transport service and not just a ride-hailing app, meaning that countries can regulate it. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the European Court of Justice said in a case brought by a Spanish taxi drivers’ association. The case is yet another thorn in the side for scandal-rocked Uber, which has drawn the fury of local taxi drivers and officials for flouting local regulations.



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EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulated

EU court says Uber is taxi service, can be regulatedThe European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday that Uber is an ordinary transport service and not just a ride-hailing app, meaning that countries can regulate it. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport,” the European Court of Justice said in a case brought by a Spanish taxi drivers’ association. The case is yet another thorn in the side for scandal-rocked Uber, which has drawn the fury of local taxi drivers and officials for flouting local regulations.



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World's first self-flying drone taxi takes off in Dubai

World's first self-flying drone taxi takes off in DubaiThe world’s first self-flying taxi has lifted off in Dubai.

The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) made its maiden flight over the city, taking to the air close to the Jumeirah Beach Park.



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