With all the new ambitious goals put by companies, it is no surprise to now see Uber’s concept of flying cars. Around two weeks ago, Uber announced that it will be building aircrafts that will be used to transport people in France. This will go hand in hand with UberAir, a service that will bring urban air transport to cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles. Although these plans seem great, it will be hard to actually get these flying cars, as they obviously do not yet exist. Uber has stated that the eVTOL, which stands for electric vertical take-off landing, will be able to go 60 miles per charge. Additionally, Uber has stated that after a while, rides in the eVOTL will be around the same as a normal Uber car ride of the same distance. This is surprising to hear, considering the price to manufacture these aircrafts will not be cheap, and being able to pay people who will take on this type of job will also play a factor in how difficult it will be to make the service low cost, especially since pilots will be required.
If Uber is able to get past the barriers and launch this service, however, this service can be extraordinary. It will be able to provide extremely quick rides, which is great during commute times and longer rides. Additionally, the vehicles used will not be loud. In fact, one of the reasons why helicopters are not viable in this situation is because of their loud noise. Also, Uber aims for low emissions. Overall, it will be cool to see this and other similar air vehicles develop, such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic machines, and it will be interesting to see if Uber can live up to their promise of launching this service commercially by 2023.
Source: The Verge
The debate between Samsung and Apple has been a big one, yet, legally, Apple has won. After seven years, Apple has finally won a court case involving patent infringements by Samsung. Back in April of 2011, Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung due to their belief that Samsung was trying to copy the design of Apple’s iPads and iPhones. Just under two weeks ago, a California jury ruled that Samsung had indeed infringed on three of Apple’s design patents as well as two of its utility patents. The design patents covered how its products looked, while the utility patents protected the way its products functioned. The jury ruled that Samsung owes Apple over $539 million. Over the course of these seven years, there have been several other court rulings. In 2012, a jury trial rewarded Apple $1.049 billion due to Samsung’s infringements. However, after appeals and other complications, Apple was awarded $290 million. In 2016 however, the Supreme Court overruled the decision from the first trial, stating that the design patents could just be referring to the case and screen. A retrial was decided in late 2017, and it was this that recently awarded Apple. Several other lawsuits also took place outside of the United States.
Although Apple was victorious, they are still a bit unhappy with how much money they were awarded. Apple believed that they deserved just over $1 billion. This was an exorbitant amount compared to the $28 million that Samsung believed was fair to give to Apple for infringing their patents. The recent ruling will not have a much of an impact on customers, as both companies will be able to change features as to not infringe any patents. Additionally, no sales ban will likely be put in place. However, this could set the tone and heighten the rivalry between Samsung and Apple, which is always interesting!
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