Established companies offer the greatest potential for digital transformation. However, traditional industrial companies are too focused in the concentration of their digitization strategy on optimization of the processes used in their existing business. Experts are noticing that established companies are still targeting new growth through new services too rarely. It is precisely here that traditional companies and start-ups can learn from each other successfully, as examples from the metals industry demonstrate convincingly.
Looking like more of an autonomous flying taxi than a flying car, an initial vertical takeoff and hover was recently tested. This vehicle does not appear to go from driving to flying, but the plan is for Uber to use the “autonomous passenger air vehicle” as an air taxi in its planned Uber Air network.
Toyota is teaming up with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a planned mission to the Moon. Toyota, who jointly developed a small robot for the International Space Station, is expected to develop a lunar rover.
Later this month in a battery-replacement mission, the first all-female spacewalk is scheduled for March 29. The team of Anne McClain and Christina Koch are part of a six-person crew (Expedition 59) at the International Space Station.
Back in February, the unusually fast jet-stream speed allowed a Boeing 787 travelling across Pennsylvania to exceed a ground speed of 800 MPH. Relative to the surrounding air, the plane was maintaining a typical air speed, but the faster groundspeed, thanks to the jet stream, allowed the London-bound aircraft to arrive about 45 minutes early.
Airbus has decided to stop making the world’s largest superjumbo jet in 2021 after an existing order for 53 planes was reduced to just 14. With a shift to other models, it’s unclear how many employees at Airbus or its suppliers will be affected.
A South Australian company has developed a system that takes 30 minutes to clean an all internal-combustion engines – from a chainsaw to a car – of carbon buildup. The DCARB machine initiates electrolysis that creates hydrogen and oxygen vapor. The vapor is then piped through the running engine via a hose attached to the air filter, effectively oxidizing and incinerating the carbons and pushing them out of the vehicle’s exhaust.
Engineers have found a way to weld AA 7075, an aluminum alloy developed in the 1940s that was thought to be impossible to weld together. The alloy has always held promise for use in the manufacture of cars but for its one fatal flaw. Now, however, the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is infusing titanium carbide nanoparticles into AA 7075 welding wires, which are being used as the filler material between the pieces being joined.