NASA rebrands UAM Grand Challenge to embrace ‘advanced air mobility’

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge will now be known as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign, the agency revealed on March 23.

According to NASA officials, both “advanced air mobility” and “national campaign” better reflect the goals of the undertaking, which is planned as a series of field demonstrations to evaluate the readiness of new types of aircraft and airspace management systems. The demonstrations will progress in stages to encompass a full range of scenarios under varying weather and traffic conditions — including, but not limited to, scaled urban air taxi operations.

“We’ve talked mostly over the past couple of years about ‘urban air mobility,’” said NASA AAM mission manager Davis Hackenberg in the web conference that served as a virtual kick-off for the agency’s AAM Ecosystem Working Groups (a substitute for an in-person event that was canceled due to coronavirus concerns). “We’d always intended to include other types of [mobility], whether that was rural or urban, but the name I think was getting in the way a little bit.” …






1つは「ソフトウエアの位置付けが変化していること」だという。「これまではハードとソフトの一体開発が基本だったが、ソフトの進化がハードを上回り、『ソフトウエアファースト』の考え方が広がってきている。これを車に当てはめると、車のマイナーチェンジがソフトを更新する形になれば、トヨタの持つハードの強みがさらに生きてくる」という …

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

NT News prints 8-page ‘special liftout’ amid coronavirus panic.

“Wouldn’t wipe my arse with it” is an expression you’ll commonly hear in the UK to describe a newspaper the speaker doesn’t like. However, tomorrow Aussie tabloid the Northern Territory News will invite its readers to do exactly that.

In case you haven’t noticed, 2020 has been pretty apocalyptic and Q1 isn’t even done yet. Not satisfied with setting up a potential World War 3 and Getting Brexit Done™, the world decided it would be a great time to have a bit of a pandemic – a worryingly lethal one at that for older, more vulnerable folk.

The coronavirus panic, rightly or wrongly, has now spread Down Under, where shoppers are stripping shelves of hand sanitisation gel and bulk-buying bog roll as though having a surplus will protect them from what is primarily a respiratory infection…




日本にはいい投資先がない? シリコンバレーのVCが語る2つの理由



今日まで多くのスタートアップが、巨大企業が牛耳る既存の市場を破壊し、新しいルールで新たな市場を創造してきたが、GAFA(Google、Apple、Facebook、Amazon)と呼ばれる現在世界を席巻する巨大なプレイヤーたちも、クリステンセン氏の説く破壊的イノベーションを起こしてきたことで、今日のポジションを確立してきたと言えるだろう …

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なぜ日本にはいい投資先がないのか? 理由は2つある。




それゆえに、日本はまだGDPでは世界第3位の規模があるとはいえ、今後は縮小していく市場であり、海外に展開できないビジネスでは投資の対象として魅力に欠けるのだ …

Top French court deals blow to Uber by giving driver ’employee’ status

France’s top court has recognized the right of an Uber driver to be considered an employee, a ruling that could upend the U.S. firm’s business model and potentially require it to pay more taxes and benefits such as paid holidays.

The decision by the Cour de Cassation could also have ramifications for France’s wider “gig economy”, as other taxi and food delivery apps from Deliveroo and Just Eat-Takeaway to UberEats rely heavily on self-employed riders to conduct their business without having to meet a range of employee costs and benefits.

The Cour de Cassation upheld a previous decision by a court of appeal, saying the Uber driver could not qualify as a self-employed contractor because he could not build his own clientele or set his own prices, making him a subordinate of the company…


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Bad for what ales you? US drinkers snub Corona beer over virus

Confusion between coronavirus and Corona beer has been a punchline of questionable taste during the outbreak — but the matter may be no joke for the brand.

The phrase “38% of Americans” was trending Friday on Twitter following a survey showing that proportion of beer drinkers “would not buy Corona under any circumstances now.” Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of public relations firm 5W, which polled 737 US beer drinkers, said there “no question that Corona beer is suffering because of the coronavirus.”

“While the brand has claimed that consumers understand there’s no linkage between the virus and the beer company, this is a disaster for the Corona brand,” Torossian said in a statement. “After all, what brand wants to be linked to a virus which is killing people worldwide?” …