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Rolls Royce develops propulsion system for flying taxi

Rolls Royce develops propulsion system for flying taxi

Technology
Engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi which it says could take to the skies as soon as early next decade.The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an "electric vertical take-off and landing" (EVTOL) vehicle, which could carry four to five people.The vehicle could travel at speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) for approximately 500 miles, it said. Rolls joins a variety of other firms in seeking to develop flying vehicles.Speaking ahead of this week's Farnborough Airshow, Rob Watson, head of the company's electrical team, said: "We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners."Flyin...
'They're at risk:' Congo's taxi drivers fear Ebola's spread

'They're at risk:' Congo's taxi drivers fear Ebola's spread

Health
Propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Jean Cedric waved a hand in the air, showing his fear about the risks of his job. "We're picking up everyone who's sick and we have no idea if they have Ebola or not. Why aren't we being vaccinated?" he said. Last month, he said, he gave a lift to a doctor who had treated someone who died of Ebola. It left Cedric worried that he might have contracted the virus, which spreads via bodily fluids of those infected and can take up to three weeks to develop symptoms. Despite his worries, the taxi driver in Mbandaka city never presented himself to health officials, who are vaccinating everyone who's had direct contact with a sick person and then contacts of those people, too. Nor...
Taxi for one! Jess Impiazzi pulls down her top in boozy fail

Taxi for one! Jess Impiazzi pulls down her top in boozy fail

Entertainment
JAMES CURLEYCLOSE CALL: Jess Impiazzi almost exposed her nipples The MTV starlet, was spotted stumbling out of a central London pub looking worse for wear.Joined by two pals, Jess looked bleary-eyed as she searched for a taxi home.Dressed down in leggings and a cameo jacket, the buxom gal appeared to have been caught off guard by sneaky paps, though she soon lapped up the attention.With beer stains on her top, Jess clambered into a rickshaw before showing off her best 'duck face' pout.Jess Impiazzi strips off Reality TV babe Jess Impiazzi flaunts her incredible figure JAMES CURLEYCHEEKY: Jess pulled down her top as cameras flashed around her Not stopping there the cheeky gal pulled down her grey top to expose her chest.Pushing her assets together, Jess created a seriously impressive ...
US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

US retirement village to have 'largest' self-driving taxi scheme

Technology
One of America's largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year.US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents.It said the scheme, spanning 750 miles of road, would be the "largest by area size" in the world.It comes as safety concerns about self-driving cars persist after testing problems and some accidents.Voyage already operates a handful of driverless taxis at another retirement community in San Jose, California, also called the Villages, but said it had begun testing vehicles in Florida ahead of a much larger roll-out. Once the scheme is fully operational, it said all residents would be able to summon a self-driving car using its mobile app. "[Then they can] travel ...