CES 2019 Hyundais walking car concept is perfect for first responders

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Now playing: Watch this: 1 1:46 More From Roadshow Hyundai’s Elevate concept can climb a five-foot wall Hyundai started 2019 off right by teasing a concept vehicle that could allegedly walk and climb. Now, Hyundai has brought this concept to CES 2019, and it’s every bit as wild as we hoped.Hyundai used CES 2019 as the backdrop to debut its Elevate walking car concept. While it’s primarily designed to give first responders an additional edge in rescuing people, it can also be used to enhance mobility options for all sorts of citizens. Share your voice CES 2019: Every story so far.Concept cars: Can’t get enough of concept cars? We’ve got you covered. Concept Cars Electric Cars The pictures make it pretty obvious how this car gained the ability to move less like a vehicle and more like a creepy robot animal — while it does have traditional wheels on each corner, they’re connected to the vehicle by way of mechanical “legs.” Those legs have multiple axes of articulation, and since the electric motors that power the concept are in the wheels themselves, there are no powertrain linkages complicating matters.According to Hyundai, the Elevate is capable of driving at highway speeds, but it can also allegedly climb a 5-foot wall, step over a 5-foot gap and have a track width up to 15 feet. So, it’s basically an AT-AT from Star Wars that has, as Hyundai puts it, “both mammalian and reptilian walking gaits.” Enlarge ImageThe model on display at CES is just a 1:8 scale model, sadly, but it’s still absolutely nuts. Angela Lang/CNET “Imagine a car stranded in a snow ditch just 10 feet off the highway being able to walk or climb over the treacherous terrain, back to the road potentially saving its injured passengers,” said David Byron, design manager of Sundberg-Ferar, which worked on the concept, in a statement. “This is the future of vehicular mobility.”The Elevate rides on an electric “skateboard” platform, onto which the body is attached. This gives the concept a little extra flexibility, with bodies that can be removed and swapped out depending on the needs of the moment. To keep things efficient, the legs can cut power to its joints when acting like a normal vehicle. Of course, first responders are the first group I think of when it comes to the Hyundai Elevate. Being able to better traverse rubble and other detritus, which could be the result of a natural disaster, could allow emergency personnel a better chance of saving as many people as possible. But there are other use cases, too — Hyundai has an example image with a New York taxi livery, lifting itself up to make ingress easier for a person in a wheelchair. The sky’s the limit, which I guess makes sense given the concept’s name. Tags CES 2019: Hyundai Elevate is a rescue concept with leggy,… CES 2019 CES 2019 Must-See Hyundai Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 22 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Hyundailast_img read more

Burning battery pack apparently forced Virgin flights emergency landing

first_img Post a comment Mobile Accessories Mobile The 217 passengers onboard the flight were successfully evacuated, with one refusing treatment for “a smoke-related complaint,” police said.”The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances,” a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said in emailed statement. “All our customers were offered overnight accommodation and onward travel today (Friday).”Massachusetts State Police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Infamously, the FAA in 2016 banned Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone from US flights after a manufacturing error caused its battery to overheat and explode. The Korean company recalled more than 2.5 million of the phones.It was actually the second emergency landing at Logan Airport on Thursday, the Telegraph reported. A cockpit light on an American Airlines flight from Chicago suggested a mechanical problem, but it touched down in Boston without any problems.First published at 2:41 a.m. PT.Updated at 7 a.m. PT: Adds Virgin Atlantic statement. Samsung explains what went wrong with exploding Note… Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this:center_img BREAKING NEWS – State Police confirm to @wbz a Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK to London made an emergency landing here in Boston after a fire onboard. Initial clues point to a seat fire. Everyone is safe. Hear from a passenger on @wbz News At 11:00 – Image from Cory Tanner pic.twitter.com/pOAj5MgdBF— Chris (@ChrisNWBZTV) July 5, 2019 A Virgin Atlantic plane (not this one) had to make an emergency landing on Thursday. Nicolas Economou/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images A Virgin Atlantic flight had to make an emergency landing Thursday night after a passenger’s seat burst into flames. The fire was apparently caused by a portable battery pack, according to the Associated Press and police. The A330 Airbus was flying from New York’s JFK Airport to London Heathrow, but was forced to land in Boston’s Logan Airport after a passenger’s seat ignited.The initial investigations revealed “a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger” between the cushions of the seat that caught fire, but Massachusetts State Police didn’t offer any further details. The airline’s rules say you can’t bring spare ion batteries exceeding 100 watt-hours (or up to 160Wh with approval) on in your carry-on baggage. You aren’t allowed to keep such batteries in your checked luggage at all. 1:29 0 Virginlast_img read more

Indias First Disneyland Andhra Pradesh Could be Home to Happiest Place on

first_imgAndhra Pradesh could become home to India’s first Disneyland.ReutersMickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and all other Disney characters may soon be heading to India. The Andhra Pradesh government is reportedly on talks with a private investor regarding land and other requirements for setting up the Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland – similar to the one in Paris.While the talks are still in the initial stages, the state government is actively pursuing the matter, according to The Hindu. Disneyland is among the many initiatives planned by the government to tap the state’s tourism potential.Development convention centres similar to the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) have also been planned in Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as part of the tourism initiative. Andhra Pradesh would also be home to many theme parks and promote water sports, cruise tourism, spiritual tourism and beach tourism in an attempt to increase revenue.Andhra Pradesh government under Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to detail these initiatives in the tourism mission document, which is to be released later this year. The state government, in the mean time, has received the final draft of the tourism policy to regulate the tourism investment.The Hindu reports that this year’s policy aspires to improve the tourism sector by focusing on indirect revenue such as tax collections, as opposed to Andhra Pradeh’s 2010 policy, which depended on direct revenue such as lease rentals to garner income.”A few suggestions have been put forth in the new policy, which is aimed at lowering lease rentals but maximising government revenue through indirect revenue. This would attract investors and also help accrue revenue in the long run,” an official told The Hindu.last_img read more

Digital card for bank loans suggested

first_imgDiscussants at a Prothom Alo roundtable on 7 December 2017.Experts have suggested the extension of bank loan programmes by distributing digital cards among marginal farmers as an initiative to increase their earnings.They made the suggestion at a roundtable organised by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo at its office of Karwan Bazar in the capital on Thursday. Care Bangladesh supported the event moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.Bank Asia in association with Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Care Bangladesh and USAID provides up to Tk 20,000 as loans through digital cards to marginal farmers.A farmer has to have 50 decimals land or two cows and a bull to avail the loan facility. The farmer with a digital card can purchase agriculture inputs through designated retailers.The experts said the farmers can take the loan at 9 per cent interest rate and can pay the loan at their convenience.Chief of party of USAID Agricultural Extension Project at Dhaka Ahsania Mission Bidyuth K Mahalder said around 1500 farmers have received digital cards and availed the loan facilities. Around 1500 farmers have also been registered for digital cards, he added. This bank loan has been introduced in three districts – Khulna, Faridpur and Bhola.Card user Khaleda Begum said she has to face various problems to get a loan and the interest rate was very high. After getting the digital card, I have increased the rice production and raw jute production too as I purchased seeds and fertiliser in time, she said.Agriculture goods retailer Md Shajahan said he had to sell agricultural implements on credit and there was a risk. Now I can sell the goods and receive payment by cards. The sale of agricultural goods has increased by over 40 per cent, he claimed.Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation and also economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said the disbursement of bank loans through the digital cards is an innovative idea.He said such an initiative has to be continued for maximum benefits from the innovative loan programme.Kholiquzzaman said, Only financing will not make the programme sustainable, and it requires training for proper use of the loan.Emphasing the marketing of agricultural products, he warned that the farmers may be affected if they do not get due prices of their produce.Planning commission senior secretary Shamsul Alam said, Undoubtedly it is a good initiative and I want its extension. The security of cards has to be maintained so that the farmers are not affected.President and managing director of Bank Asia Md Arfan Ali, director of Extreme Rural Poverty Programme of Care Bangladesh Anowarul Haq, project management specialist of USAID Mohammad Sayed Shibli, executive director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission M Ehsanur Rahman and executive director of Society Development Committee in Faridpur Kazi Ashraful Alam, among others, spoke at the roundtable.last_img read more