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A Historic Year for Flying Cars: 6 eVTOL Companies Dominating 2021

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A Historic Year for Flying Cars: 6 eVTOL Companies Dominating 2021
An eVTOL developed by Joby Aviation is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) during the company’s initial public offering on August 11, 2021. Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images

Here we are at the tail end of 2021 and, sadly, flying cars are still not a reality for everyday commuters. Nevertheless, it has been a remarkable year for the eVTOL (electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles) industry, which saw a record number of SPAC deals, test flights and even some companies entering the licensing process.

It’s estimated that there are at least 200 companies globally working on eVTOLs for various use cases, from shared urban air taxis to personal recreational aircraft. But like any nascent industries, when it eventually matures there won’t be many players left. “There might be only four or five players that will eventually survive this journey,” Gary Gysin, CEO of Mountain View, Calif.-based Wisk Aero, told Observer in an interview in summer.

Several frontrunners are targeting mass production and regulatory approval around 2023 or sooner. Some ultralight eVTOLs, which don’t require a pilot license to fly in the U.S., are already available for pre-order.

Below, we have rounded up the six most promising flying car companies that have dominated news headlines this year. The companies are listed in no particular order.

Kitty Hawk—Heaviside

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Type: Personal aircraft
Development stage: Pre-human flight
Capacity: single seat
Price: N/A
Performance: Top speed 180 mph; range 100 miles

Established a decade ago by Google cofounder Larry Page, Kitty Hawk is the company that started it all. After project cancellations and corporate restructuring in recent years, Kitty Hawk’s newest eVTOL is a fully autonomous, single-seat aircraft called Heaviside, named after the 18th century English engineer Oliver Heaviside.

Kitty Hawk began working on Heaviside in 2019. The company’s CEO Sebastian Thrun said he would follow in the footsteps of Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson and be his company’s first passenger as soon as the prototype is ready to fly. Heaviside’s maiden flight will aim as high as 1,000 feet and hover in the air for about five minutes, the company said.

Wisk Aero—Cora

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Type: Air taxi
Development stage: Prototype
Capacity: Two passengers
Price: $4 and $8 per passenger mile
Performance: Top speed 110 mph; range 62 miles

As mentioned above, Kitty Hawk has discontinued several eVTOL projects over the years. One of them is Cora, an autonomous two-seater aircraft currently being developed by a new company called Wisk Aero, a joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing.

Like Kitty Hawk’s Heaviside, Cora is designed to fly without a pilot. The current prototype, the fifth generation, can carry two passengers. Wisk’s ultimate goal is to build a larger eVTOL that can be used as an urban air taxi—at a price comparable to Uber X.

Archer Aviation—Maker

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Type: Air taxi
Development stage: Test flight
Capacity: Four passengers
Price: Comparable to UberX
Performance: Top speed 150 mph; range 60 miles

Archer Aviation is barely three years old. But it has an ambitious timeline to start volume production as soon as 2023 and has already sold $1 billion worth of pre-orders to United Airlines.

Archer’s eVTOL, “Maker,” has a very similar appearance to Wisk’s Aero. (In fact, They are so similar that Wisk has sued Archer for stealing trade secrets. Archer has hit back with a suit alleging smear campaign.)

Archer is developing Maker at a facility near the Palo Alto Airport. The company completed its first hover test flight on December 16 at an undisclosed location in California.

Joby Aviation—S4

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Type: Air taxi
Development stage: Test flight
Capacity: 4 passengers
Price: N/A
Performance: Top speed 200 mph; range 150 miles

If there’s a company best equipped to build a Uber network for the air, it has to be Joby Aviation, the company that absorbed Uber’s flying car division (Uber Elevate) in 2020.

At least from a marketing perspective. Joby had already been working on eVTOLs before acquiring Uber Elevate, but said Uber’s software and personnel would help it accelerate commercializing air taxi services.

Joby’s latest prototype, S4, is a piloted aircraft that can fly up to four passengers for 150 miles on a single charge. Mass production is expected to start soon at a facility in Marina, Calif. The FAA and the city of Marina approved of Joby’s manufacturing plan in June.

SkyDive (Japan)— SD-03

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Type: Urban taxi
Development stage: Licensing
Price: N/A
Capacity: Single seat
Performance: Top speed 30 mph; maximum flight time 10 minutes

Japan’s SkyDive may be a small player in the eVTOL world by funding size. But it’s the only company that has successfully taken a piloted vehicle off the ground. In August 2020, the company’s prototype SD-03 completed a five-minute test flight with a pilot on board in the Japanese city of Toyota.

In November, SD-03 received a type certificate from Japan’s transportation regulator. The certification is an official endorsement of the aircraft’s design and paves the way for manufacturing and commercialization down the road.

The current version of SD-03 can fly up to 10 minutes at a top speed of 30 mph (48 km/h). Its next iteration aims to extend maximum flight time to 30 minutes and raise top speed to 40 mph. The company expects aims to launch a flying taxi service with SD-03 in Japan’s Osaka Bay area as early as 2025. It also has plans to roll out a two-seater commercial model in 2023.

Jetson Aero (Sweden)—Jetson one

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Type: Personal aircraft
Development stage: Pre-market (available in 2022)
Capacity: Single seat
Price: $92,000
Performance: Top speed 63 mph; maximum flight time 20 minutes

Finally a flying car you can order now! Swedish startup Jetson Aero’s personal electric plane, Jetson One, will be available in the U.S. in 2022. For an affordable $92,000, you will get a lightweight single-seat aircraft that can fly you to nearly 5,000 feet in the sky without a pilot license, because, at only 88 pounds, it’s considered as a “vehicle,” not a plane, under the FAA’s rules.

Prepare for a long wait list, though. All Jetson One vehicles are sold out for 2022, according to Jetson Aero’s website. There are only three units left for 2023.

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Celtics without Marcus Smart, Al Horford for East finals Game 1 vs. Heat, joining Miami’s Lowry as out

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Celtics without Marcus Smart, Al Horford for East finals Game 1 vs. Heat, joining Heat’s Lowry as out

A potentially seismic shift hit the Eastern Conference finals less than three hours prior to Tuesday night’s start of Game 1 at FTX Arena, when the Boston Celtics announced that forward Al Horford had entered NBA health-and-safety protocols and would be out for the series opener against the Miami Heat.

The designation not only had Horford out for Tuesday’s start of the best-of-seven series, but also, based on the NBA’s required quarantine in such cases, possibly out for Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena and Saturday’s Game 3 at TD Garden.

“We found out about Al about two hours ago,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said, less than two hours before tipoff.

Udoka indicated that upcoming testing results could impact the timing of a Horford return.

“He’s feeling fine,” Udoka said, “and we’ll go from there, wait to see results of tests and future tests.”

Udoka said he was unaware of any contact-tracing issues with others on the team.

It is the third time this season Horford, 35, has entered NBA protocols.

In addition, the Celtics announced that a second starter, point guard Marcus Smart, would miss the series opener due to the right mid-foot sprain sustained during Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks that advanced them to the East finals against the Heat.

Smart was listed as questionable earlier in the day. Horford had not appeared on the Celtics’ injury report until he was listed as out.

“The soreness was too much,” Udoka said of Smart’s injury, “still some swelling, and limited basketball movements that he couldn’t do.”

Derrick White was the replacement starter for Smart, with recently injured Robert Williams moving back into the lineup in Boston’s power rotation.

“I feel like this is the world we’ve been living in for a long time, certainly this year,” Spoelstra said of the lingering uncertainties amid the pandemic, “Every team has experience dealing with this.”

Or working on the fly with evolving rosters on both sides, Spoelstra said, “This has become the normal prep: expect the unexpected.”

For the Heat, guard Kyle Lowry remained sidelined with a strained left hamstring, although he was on the court for pregame shooting. It is the seventh time in the past nine games Lowry has been sidelined by the hamstring.

Four Heat players had been listed as questionable earlier Tuesday, but then were cleared to play: Caleb Martin (ankle sprain), Max Strus (hamstring strain), P.J. Tucker (calf strain) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring strain).

Earlier, Spoelstra said at the morning shootaround that his team was in for an extended challenge, stressing the littlest things could make the biggest difference.

“They’re big, those moments in between, the plays in between, ball in the air, ball on the floor,” he said. “I’m sure they’re saying the same thing. You have two teams that take pride in that, so it should be very competitive in between the lines.

“And both teams do it in a way that’s not over the top. It’s just about doing whatever it takes to get the win.”

Heat guard Tyler Herro said he appreciated it was time to dig in defensively.

“I think both teams, everybody knows how well we are on that side of the ball,” he said. “I think whoever can get the relief buckets in transition, a couple of buckets here or there, that aren’t from set plays and things like that, I think whoever can get those in-between possessions, I think will have an advantage throughout the series.”

All without forgoing any defensive elements.

“I mean, that’s what we are, since I got here three years ago,” he said. “We’ve always been old-school that way. We’re willing to score 120, but we also can play a game in the 90s.”

Heat center Bam Adebayo said the team was savoring, but not caught up in, the moment.

“We’re just enjoying our moment,” he said. “For the most part, we’re keeping our head down, keeping the main thing the main thing.”

The series not only is a rematch of the teams’ 2020 East finals that the Heat won 4-2, but also a reunion for Adebayo with USA Basketball gold-medal Olympic teammate Jayson Tatum.

“Since I’m playing against him, I know his tendencies,” Adebayo said. “The Olympic team is totally different. But just knowing his tendencies, that’s basically it.”

For all the backstories, Herro said what can’t be lost is the significance of the moment.

“This is what you want as a competitor,” he said. “As a basketball player growing up this is everything you could ever ask for, to be in a game like that.”

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Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date

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Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 is set to release on 23rd May 2022. There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version.

There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version. This Countdown will help you track the release of Painter of the Night Chapter 103.

NOTE: IF THE COUNTER IS STOPPED THEN THE CHAPTER IS ALREADY RELEASED

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Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Release Date

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 release date is announced, it is set to release this week on 23rd May 2022 2022. The fans of the manga are quite excited about this latest update.

It becomes so popular in the release of just a few chapters, and now it has many fan bases. the release date of Chapter 236 is announced, it is set to release this week on 23rd May 2022.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Raw Scan Release Date

As the release date for Chapter 236 of Rent a Girlfriend is set for the 23rd of May, Many people are wondering if they could find the raw scan of the chapter.

Well they could, this is because the raw scan of a particular chapter releases 2-3 days before the release of the actual chapter. Therefore you can find Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Raw Scan on Internet communities such as 4chan and Reddit.

Rent a girlfriend Manga lovers, now you are here to know the latest updates on this anime or Manga. As you all know it’s the most popular Japanese Manga which has lots of young audiences.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date

Stanford arts review is here to help you guys. Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Release Date and where to read Manga Online and other details will be revealed in this article. Have look and enjoy.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Spoilers Theory 

Rent a girlfriend is a Japanese Romantic comedy based on Manga. It was written and illustrated by Reijli Miyajima. It has several volumes in it.

This entire anime describes the romantic and comedy tale of Rented girlfriend Mizuhara Chizuru and heartbroken Kazuya Kinoshita. And how long they move together. As of now, it’s running successfully without breaks. Have been published weekly in Shonen magazine officially since 2017. This hottest romantic Manga has gained tons of fans.

Kazuya Kinoshita a 20-year college-going guy, after being deceived by his love got depressed. So he thought of using a local mobile app that arranges girlfriends on a rental basis.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date

Immediately he worked on it and found a girl as per her requirement. On the next day, his rented girlfriend Mizuhara Chizuru appeared before him at his place.

At first glimpse itself, he was mesmerized by her cuteness and great personality. Stared their journey. The rest of the story forms how they go ahead.

Where to Read Manga Online Officially??

Rent a girlfriend Manga lovers can read this in Shonen magazine officially on weekly basis. You can even read this Manga on other websites also but we always encourage and recommend the readers to follow official magazines and websites to support the authors and production team.1651953153 650 Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 234 DELAYED DUE to Golden Week

Before Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Releases Read More About The Main Cast

Kazuya Kinoshita

Kazuya Kinoshita is our male hero of the Kanojo, Okarishimasu series. He is an understudy at Nerima University who is studying Business Administration, he lives alone in a loft arranged in 203 Royal Hills Nerima.

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Kazuya is an uncertain man who likes to inundate himself in his predominance, accordingly, he ends up rashly misleading people around him without a second thought. His untruths frequently cause him problems, since he can’t marshal the solidarity to come clean.

He makes the falsehoods proceed to stay away from the issue of making sense of everything. An illustration of this is his phony relationship with Chizuru Ichinose kept up to encourage his grandma. Then again, he knows he’s setting himself into a difficult situation up to attempt to safeguard others’ mysteries and keep those near him blissful.

Chizuru Ichinose

Chizuru Ichinose on the other hand known as Chizuru Mizuhara in her “rental sweetheart” persona, is our female hero of the Kanojo, Okarishimasu series.

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She is an undergrad at Nerima University who is studying Literature and she as of now lives in Room 204 of Royal Hills Nerima, only close to Kazuya Kinoshita.

Initially, Chizuru sets up a sort and thoughtful front: It shocks any individual who considers leasing, which makes them give high appraisals to her. Nonetheless, she just does this to her clients. Actually, she is sharp, reckless, and calculative; showing her actual self to individuals she disdains or needs to tolerate. In any case, she shows a real kinder side when she sees individuals out of luck or when Kazuya needs her assistance.

She gets irritated when Kazuya acquaints her with his grandma. Chizuru told Kazuya promptly to let his grandma know that they separated, yet she’d become flushed and get humiliated when she hears Kazuya discussing her with his grandma.

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Omar Kelly: Mike McDaniel must make Dolphins offense in vogue

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Omar Kelly: Mike McDaniel must make Dolphins offense in vogue

Mike McDaniel’s style can’t, and shouldn’t be ignored.

The Miami Dolphins coach avoided the team-issued gear and wore spring’s hottest colors to the NFL combine, and accented that wardrobe with Burberry sneakers and a Louis Vuitton backpack hanging over his shoulder the entire week.

For the NFL owners meeting he wore crispy white linen shirt and some designer jeans, looking South Florida chic.

Then there’s the array of Yeezy sneakers that would impress any and every NFL player, even those with a stellar sneaker collection of their own.

“There’s a good amount,” McDaniel said Tuesday when asked about his collection of Yeezy’s, an expensive and hard to get Adidas sneaker created by musician and designer Kanye West, which the coach wears regularly.

“I’m trying to overcome my personality shortcomings,” McDaniel joked in a deadpan nature after pointing out his entire wardrobe has finally made its way from California.

His style clearly catches your attention.

Let’s hope the Dolphins offense, which is what McDaniel was hired to fix, features the same kind of fashion-forward approach because turning that unit into the upper echelon of NFL productivity, is the easiest way to make this franchise relevant again.

And it is McDaniel’s job to set that trend.

“He’s a super genius,” said receiver River Cracraft, who spent time with McDaniel with the 49ers. “That’s all you need to know. He’s smarter than everyone else. And no offense to everyone else.”

Hearing that type of praise from his players, and his peers is cool. But we’ve heard this before.

Former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was supposedly the innovative genius behind Mike McCarthy’s offense in Green Bay. You know, the one that helped future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers win his one and only championship.

That turned out to be a hoax.

Adam Gase rode the great Peyton Manning’s success in Denver to “offensive genius” status when he was named the Dolphins’ head coach in 2016. But that label turned out to be fraudulent too, with the exception of the 2016 season, where Miami rode tailback Jay Ajayi and a forceful offensive line to a 10-win season, and the team’s last playoff berth.

From there on Gase’s offense was a bottom-dweller until he was fired after the 2018 season, and replaced by Brian Flores.

Flores turned out to be exactly who he was advertised as — a leader of men, and defensive guru — but he was never capable of putting together the type of staff that could produce a reliable offense that would inject fear into opposing defenses.

This is where McDaniel, who is Flores’ replacement, could set himself apart from his predecessors. He’s responsible for building a run-heavy, play-action-based offense that’s custom made for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — and if that doesn’t happen we’re likely looking at another wasted era.

Only two things can hold this offense back and keep it from reaching its potential after the massive makeover the Dolphins underwent this offseason — adding offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Connor Williams, receivers Tyreek Hill, Cedrick Wilson and rookie Erik Ezukanma, and tailbacks Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel.

The first is injuries, which every team faces.

And the second is the offensive line, which has usually weighed this franchise down over the past decade-plus, struggling.

Good thing that’s supposedly one of McDaniel’s specialties considering he’s worked his way up the NFL coaching ranks by establishing a reputation as a run-game specialist.

That explains why the focus this spring has been placed on the offensive line and improving Miami’s offensive trench play.

“As far as the offseason program is concerned, it’s almost built for our offensive linemen in terms of how to approach things because you need about two weeks of an hour-and-a-half, or an hour-and-45-minute meetings to digest, ‘Hey, we’re asking you to run off the ball, we’re asking you to have these landmarks, we’re asking you not to hesitate,’ ” McDaniel said, referring to Phase 1 of the offseason program. “Then in Phase 2, you can kind of drill it.”

Running the football isn’t stylish in today’s wide-open, pass-happy, fantasy football focused era of football. But coaches like McDaniel, who helped turnaround the 49ers franchise by helping them establish a physical rushing attack, could bring it back, making the ground-and-pound approach in vogue again.

But that only happens if the Dolphins manage to iron out the imperfections from what was leftover from last year’s dismal offensive line, and Miami produces a run-based offense that’s not only efficient and effective.

But a style the rest of the NFL admires, if not attempts to emulate.

Let’s see if he can go from being stylish, to being a trend-setter.

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