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UBER PLANS TO FILL THE SKIES WITH FLYING CARS.

Uber plans to fill the skies with flying cars.

Take a flight to work and skip traffic in DC or San Francisco. Just like the Jetsons. It’s finally going to happen. Uber has developed a near 100 page document released today that describes how they will get there. Aviation experts say the time line of 10 years is realistic.

Within five years Uber expects the market to produce a fully electric, vertical takeoff and landing plane that can fly 100 miles at about 150 mph, carrying multiple passengers and a pilot.

Jeff Holden, Uber’s product chief says, “You’ve got the potential for a new transportation method.” Once the pieces are in place, Uber can do what it’s already done with cars: enrolling pilots, connecting them with its massive customer base, and collecting their share of the fare. “We’re just turning the corner now to make that possible,” Holden says. “Our intent is to help the industry get there faster.”

Holden predicts Uber Elevate will operate fixed wing, tilt-rotor aircraft, which take off from helipads instead of space-hungry runways, then swing their propellers forward for efficient level flight a few thousand feet up.

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Uber estimates at first the price from San Jose to San Francisco will be $129 and then gradually lower to $43 and then settle around $20. Today those costs on the ground are $111 for uberX, $83 for uberPOOL, and $31 for uberX + transit.

“There is a clear market for on-demand aviation if you could make it practical, and that’s driven a lot by service road congestion,” says R. John Hansman, who runs MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation.

“One of the most fundamental problems of most transportation solutions is that they lack infrastructure,” says Mark Moore, NASA’s chief technologist for on-demand mobility. But that’s not a problem here because America already has over 6000 helipads. “That’s pretty cool, and potentially much more agile and nimble.”

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Sony Jumpstarts Mobile Gaming Division

PokEmon Go causing Sony to aggressively pursue Mobile Gaming

Sony has been watching Nintendo’s success with the immensely popular Pokemon Go App. Sony Chief Executive Kaz Hiarai said that Sony will be “Aggressively getting into” mobile gaming. He should have said, again.

Hiarari told the Financial Times at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin that “It’s quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well.”

This marks another console maker to reluctantly pursue the platform of mobile gaming. Nintendo had also been resistant for years, before Miitomo, and now Pokemon Go this year. It should be noted, however, that Nintendo is part owner of the company that made Pokemon Go. Also the Pokemon Go Plus device that they made to go with the app, has yet to hit shelves.

Sony in the past has had a handheld device called the PlayStation Portable and even an Xperia smartphone line. It seems that Sony will use the Apps, not to make money, but to sell more consoles and games with them. Sony even tried cross platform development using it’s Vita handheld and Android games, and announced it would leave mobile gaming in 2015.

Sony established ForwardWorks Corporation in March of 2016, which will make apps based on PlayStation games, and characters.

As someone who has played PlayStation Games since the PS1, I am looking forward to seeing what Sony has in store for us mobile gamers.

Sources: SCEI Press Release

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Google and Waze Go Toe To Toe With Uber

Google and Waze Go Toe To Toe With Uber

The quest for best ride sharing company and app continues to diversify now that Google has announced the re-launch of WAZE to become a direct competitor with UBER.

Announced just as a Google Executive leaves the board of directors for UBER, Google will rapidly transition WAZE into an app for ride sharing as it continues it’s longer term goal to produce autonomous driving cars.

If you are not familiar with WAZE, it is a real time traffic and incident sharing app. It helps you avoid traffic messes.

If you are not familiar with UBER, you are living under a rock. Not really kidding, but in case you just crawled out, they are a ride sharing company that has redefined travel across the United States and much of the developed world.

Now that Tesla, Apple, Uber, Lyft, and now Google/Waze are all vying for autonomous ride sharing company success, we can sit back and wait to see which company does what first and who does it better!

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