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Boeing 777X first flight success puts new plane back on track

Boeing 777X first flight success puts new plane back on track

Boeing's 777X successfully aced its first test flight over the weekend, later than the jet-maker had hoped for but no less of a milestone for it. Boeing had originally aimed to give the 777X its inaugural flight last week, but poor weather conditions including strong winds forced the plane to stay grounded.

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Wind just ruined the Boeing 777X’s majestic first flight

Wind just ruined the Boeing 777X’s majestic first flight

Boeing's brand new 777X failed to make its first test flight today, after inclement weather forced the 777X First Flight to be rescheduled. Strong winds left the plane waiting for several hours at the end of the runway in Everett, Washington on Friday, before Boeing admitted defeat.

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GM’s Cruise Origin is not like other autonomous cars

GM’s Cruise Origin is not like other autonomous cars

Rarely has "form follows function" been so fitting as with the Cruise Origin, the autonomous taxi pod that the GM and Honda-backed transportation company revealed this week. It's a far cry from most of the self-driving concepts we've seen before, swoopingly futuristic vehicles fit for a sci-fi movie. That's not from a lack of design attention, however: indeed, everything about the Origin is painstakingly intentional.

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This is Cruise Origin – a self-driving EV to kill Uber, Lyft and car ownership altogether

This is Cruise Origin – a self-driving EV to kill Uber, Lyft and car ownership altogether

Cruise doesn't want to sell you an autonomous car, just rent you a seat in one, and the Cruise Origin is the self-driving electric vehicle it believes will coax drivers out from behind the steering wheel. Handiwork of Cruise, General Motors, and Honda, the Origin is no hopeful concept, the trio insists, but an actual production vehicle that will soon be plying the roads.

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Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

It may have been its best-selling model but the 737 Max could now become the plane that destroys Boeing. The plane has been grounded for almost a year now and it seems it will take more than a year before it can spread its wings again. But even if it finally gets the green light, Boeing might have some trouble restarting its pipelines now that it has put the production of the problematic plane on hold.

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Lexus design concepts imagine how we’ll travel on the moon

Lexus design concepts imagine how we’ll travel on the moon

Much of the focus on lunar space travel is spent on getting to the moon because, of course, we need to get there and establish a base first before anything else. But once we've settled down, how are we going to get around our new lunar home? That's the question that Lexus has sought to answer with a set of concept design sketches that are figuratively and literally out of this world. Some of them we'd probably wished wasn't so out of reach.

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New EV-Ready building codes could be tipping point for electric cars in US

New EV-Ready building codes could be tipping point for electric cars in US

Electric car charging regulations that could eventually see all new-build homes in the US be made "EV-ready" have been approved, with updated standards adding provisions for faster chargers to be installed. Currently, though California has mandated electrical wiring for EV chargers be included in its building codes since 2015, the rest of the US has no such requirements.

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Boeing employees knew about problematic 737 Max before fatal crashes

Boeing employees knew about problematic 737 Max before fatal crashes

Boeing is already under a lot of heat for technical problems with its beleaguered 737 Max plane and the last thing it needs is a PR disaster caused by its own ranks. Unfortunately for the company, that is exactly the case thanks to documents coming from Boeing itself as part of its required disclosure about the design and development of the plane. Suffice it to say, some people inside the company knew exactly about the problems that would tragically cost 346 lives later on.

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NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

NASA Artemis rocket takes same ferry trip as Apollo 11

This week NASA loaded their first Artemis mission Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket Core Stage onboard the Pegasus barge in New Orleans. This stage of the hardware needed for Artemis was loaded onboard the barge on January 8th with plans to deliver to NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. This ferry journey mimics that of the NASA Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Apple Pay Express Transit charged just by being near NYC OMNY readers

Apple Pay Express Transit charged just by being near NYC OMNY readers

It wasn't that too long ago, in fact just April last year, that the New York City's transport system started supporting Apple Pay. This was done particularly to push New York's One Metro New York (ONMY) contactless payment system which works perfectly with Apple's own mobile payment system. Perhaps too perfectly, even, as there are now a handful of reports claiming they get charged by simply being near one such OMNY reader.

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NIU electric motorcycles throw in the 5G, autonomous driving buzzwords

NIU electric motorcycles throw in the 5G, autonomous driving buzzwords

Smart e-moped maker NIU yesterday announced its launch in the US consumer market and it has more to say beyond mopeds. Joining the growing number of voices shouting "5G", the Chinese company is revealing two new electric motorcycle lines that are embracing the current trends in mobile and automotive industries. While the RQi-GT and TQi-GT have different forms and slightly different features, both are joined by a common thread, what NIU calls "5G IoT", that keeps the vehicles connected to NIU's cloud, whether you like it or not.

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NIU smart e-mopeds are coming to the US, sold directly to consumers

NIU smart e-mopeds are coming to the US, sold directly to consumers

Thanks to high-profile companies like Tesla (and its equally high-profile CEO), electric vehicles have captured the attention of mainstream media. Although most of the EVs presented take the form of cars and trucks, those aren't the only kind of vehicles in the market. Electric bikes and mopeds don't always get the spotlight but NIU will try to change that by offering its smart electric mopeds to the US market, selling directly to consumers this time.

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