Boeing’s self-flying taxi completes its first flight

Via Engadget:

Multiple companies have outlined plans for flying taxis, but Boeing just took an important step toward making them a practical reality. The aircraft maker has completed the first test flight of its autonomous electric VTOL aircraft, verifying that the machine can take off, hover and land. It’s a modest start, to put it mildly — the taxi has yet to fly forward, let alone transition from vertical to forward flight modes. That still puts it ahead of competitors, though, and it’s no mean feat when the aircraft existed as little more than a concept roughly one year ago.

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Boeing’s self-flying taxi completes its first flight

Pinup Model Anne Francis with “Robbie” the robot

The construction of Robbie cost an estimated $125,000 ($1.1M today adjusting for inflation). He was the first major departure from the classic [“oil can” style robot]  and his design has influenced all aspects of Sci-Fi from the original Lost in Space series to the Protectron robots in the modern Fallout games. He is an icon of cinema sci-fi history, and an incredible byproduct of the 1950’s/1960’s space fever

Pinup Model Anne Francis with “Robbie” the robot

The Volocopter series model 2X

The volocopter 2X is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft powered purely by electricity, meaning the vehicle is emission free and makes very little noise in comparison to other VTOL aircraft. The ultralight aircraft is easy to manuoever, and following the granting of ‘multicopter’ certification, will be able to be flown by anyone with a sport pilot license. However, the those without a licence need not miss out, since volocopter plan to use the aircrafts as flying taxis come 2018.

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The Volocopter series model 2X

Wasteland Express Delivery Service AKA Mad Max the Board Game

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Wasteland Express Delivery Service is the depraved brain child of mega designer Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter), Matt Riddle (Fleet, Back to the Future) and Ben Pinchback (Fleet, Back to the Future), brought to technicolor life by award winning comic artist, Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ, Batman Black and White).

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Via BoardGameGeek.com:

In Wasteland Express Delivery Service, you take on the role of drivers inhabiting a post-apocalyptic wasteland riddled with outrageous, unhinged, and otherworldly characters set on unleashing mayhem at every turn.

To survive in this deranged universe, drivers must deliver food, water and guns between the handful of settlements pockmarked through the Wasteland. You must battle through insane raiders who occupy the void between cities, taking on missions from the three factions that have divided up the last of civilization to gain favor with them: the fascist New Republic Army which is hellbent on bringing the world to heel for its own good; the heretical Oracles of Ceres who have turned their attention to the worship of the land; and the technologically obsessed Archivists who cling to the old ways and the hope of restoring our lost civilization.

But what do you care? You’re here to get paid and live another day free. Outfit your truck, hire some insane riders to help fend off raiders, add some storage, and just keep truckin’.

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Wasteland Express Delivery Service AKA Mad Max the Board Game