May 19, 2020

The future of transport? NZ tests Cora, the world’s first self-flying electric car

Driverless Vehicles
Central Aviation Authority
Addie Thomes
2 min
The future of transport? NZ tests Cora, the world’s first self-flying electric car

The world’s first self-piloted electric flying car has been unveiled near Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

Named Cora, it has been developed over the past eight years by US-based Kitty Hawk Corporation, which is said to be backed by Larry Page, Co-founder of Google.

It is being operated by New Zealand’s Zephyr Airworks and flies between 500 and 3,000ft above ground with a wingspan of 11m.

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Cora has a range of 100km and top speed of 180kmh, taking off and landing vertically like a helicopter, but flying like an aeroplane.

When explaining why it choose New Zealand as a testing ground, Cora said in a blog post: “New Zealand’s Central Aviation Authority (CAA) has the respect of the worldwide regulatory community. A people who embrace the future. And a dynamic economy that could serve as a springboard for Cora.

“What we didn’t know was that New Zealand was also on a quest. They had already built one of the world’s most sustainable energy ecosystems –– with 80% of the country powered by renewable energy. And now they were looking to harness the benefits of the electric mobility revolution.”

In terms of regulation, Cora has an experimental airworthiness certificate from both the New Zealand CAA and the United States Federal Aviation Administration. It is now working with NZ’s CAA on gaining further certification in order to build a commercial air taxi industry.

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May 11, 2021

EDGEMATRIX and NTT DOCOMO deliver AI at the edge

Harry Menear
3 min
NTT DOCOMO and EDGEMATRIX are collaborating to expand the EDGEMATRIX ecosystem in Japan and overseas.
NTT DOCOMO and EDGEMATRIX are collaborating to expand the EDGEMATRIX ecosystem in Japan and overseas...

Leading Japanese telecommunications firm NTT DOCOMO, together with startup EDGEMATRIX, is harnessing the power of 5G to support artificial intelligence-enabled video, real-time analytics and, ultimately, the next step in the evolution of the modern smart city. 

Founded under the roof of Silicon Valley tech firm Cloudian, EDGEMATRIX has grown into a cutting edge startup based in Japan. NTT DOCOMO has been a shareholder in the company since 2019, having spent the past two years jointly developing and commercialising EDGEMATRIX's revolutionary edge-AI platform using high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency 5G technology. NTT DOCOMO, together with EDGEMATRIX, launched a world-first edge AI platform for intelligent video analytics, enabling high resolution, high security, and real-time video using AI. 

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Courtesy of EDGEMATRIX

The platform simplifies, manages and oversees the implementation and integration of AI at the edge, which captures, analyses and stores video close to where it is captured in industrial and retail settings, "on location at factories, buildings and other outdoor and indoor locations." The solution is also used in social infrastructure such as roads, railroads, and long-term care facilities for safety monitoring and anomaly detection.

Using Edge AI Box, a compact indoor and outdoor device equipped with a GPU for deep learning-based AI and a communication module (WiFi/LTE/5G) together with various interfaces such as camera connection, it becomes possible to process video streaming from surveillance cameras on-site (at the edge) and in real-time. EDGEMATRIX's Edge AI Boxes can be installed across a site and then monitored using the company's platform. The platform maps the locations of multiple Edge AI Box devices installed on site, monitors their operational status and enables the devices to be controlled remotely. 

EDGEMATRIX's customers can use the platform to pruchase additional AI applications from a rapidly-expanding ecosystem which allow them to implement the right solution for the right situation. This simplifies the implementation and upgrade of edge AI for processing and storing video data captured with video cameras at customer premises either outdoor or indoor. Using "Edge View" feature, it is also possible to simultaneously display on the browser a large number of AI-processed real-time videos from the field.

Partnerships like this are key to NTT DOCOMO’s efforts to integrate 5G technologies into the modern enterprise. 

Zaif Siddiqi, Executive Director and Global Head of NTT DOCOMO’s 5G & IoT Business Department, comments: “When you're approaching digital transformation, there's more to it than just leveraging cutting edge technologies into new customer experiences.” Unless the needs of the customer, and the underlying market forces at play, can be truly understood, “5G doesn’t mean anything,” he explains, adding that in order to find the right contexts for deployment, “Selection of the right partners is extremely important to delivering on the potential value of 5G.”  

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