Goodyears newest tire is for flying cars

first_img Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Geneva Motor Show 2019 Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box reading • Goodyear’s newest tire is for flying cars The Goodyear Aero concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva auto show functions as a narrow, non-pneumatic tire when on the ground, then acts as a propeller when rotated and spun up to high RPM in a tilt-rotor application. Given the amount of recent hype around autonomous flying cars, its a concept worth looking at.Goodyear’s Aero concept can function in the vertical plane as a road going tire/wheel assembly, and in the horizontal plane as a tilt-rotor propeller. Goodyear The most clever part of Aero is how the wheel’s “spokes” are also the propeller’s blades. Pitched, curved and manufactured precisely, they would seem to save a lot of space, expense, and articulation headaches on a flying car.The rubber that wraps around those blades would be solid, rather than an air-filled tire that would deform and disintegrate at aeronautic RPM. But without a pneumatic cushion Goodyear’s material scientists will have to pull some all-nighters to formulate a material compliant enough to cushion the ride on ground while also tough enough to protect the critical wheel/propeller structure. I wouldn’t want to get aloft only to find out I have a cracked prop blade because I curbed it downtown an hour before.aero-2The interior of the Goodyear Aero would be a sophisticated turbine-style fan for aerial propulsion, while the outside would be a narrow non-pneumatic tire that provides cushioning and grip. Goodyear Goodyear imagines this Aero assembly being spun by magnetic propulsion and controlled by AI, both of which are the sorts of things you just have to say in 2019. But more realistic is their vision that Aero would be monitored by a fiber optic sensor package to make sure it’s in perfect condition and performing properly in its two critical missions. That jibes with an exploding trend of smart monitoring technology in the auto business, from Porsche’s new Wet Mode that listens for the audio signature of wet pavement, to millimeter wave in-car monitoring tech from Texas Instruments that seeks to revolutionize awareness of who’s in the car and their state. Maybe the most interesting part of these “tires” is that we’re talking about the components needed for self-flying cars. We’ve seen Goodyear concept tires and wheels that grow moss in their middle or that roll every direction like a billiard ball with English on it, but this time they’re taking flight. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Tags • More From Roadshow 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy See All 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Geneva Motor Show 2019 Cooley On Cars 1:26 Goodyear’s Aero tire is for flying self-driving cars Comment 1 Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Share your voice Roadshowlast_img read more

Netflix picks up US rights to Eurovision

first_img Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Share your voice 0 50 Photos Croatia’s entry to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Thomas Hanses/Eurovision Time to bust out the eye glitter — Netflix has snagged the rights to one of the world’s longest-running live TV events, confirming that it will air the 2019 and 2020 Eurovision Song Contest broadcasts in the US. While Netflix will not air the competition live, it’s a big win for US fans who were left without an official channel to watch the contest this year.It also marks an interesting shift into event television for the company, which has long stuck to movies, TV series and its own original produced content. While Netflix won’t air the broadcasts live, picking up a live show that draws as many as 200 million viewers around the world could herald a bigger shift for the streaming company.Eurovision: the contest that spawned a thousand Epic Sax Guy memes. Eurovision Under the deal, Netflix picks up the US video-on-demand rights to the two Eurovision semifinals and the grand final. All three broadcasts from the 2019 contest will land on Netflix on Monday, July 22. Netflix will also air the semifinals and grand final in 2020, after the live broadcast, though it has not confirmed dates.If you haven’t heard of Eurovision, you’re officially missing one of the greatest (and kitschiest) television events in the world. The song contest catapulted Celine Dion and ABBA to stardom, brought the world Volare (the Italian-chorus classic made famous by Dean Martin) and regularly serves up everything from ear-worm pop bangers, to death-metal demons and singing grandmas.You can read CNET’s full guide to Eurovision 2019 here. 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Netflixlast_img read more

Final assault on IS Raqa stronghold

first_imgMembers of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sit in the back of pick-up truck in the village of Hazima on the northern outskirts of the Islamic States (IS) group’s Syrian bastion of Raqa. Photo: AFPUS-backed fighters broke into the city of Raqa on Tuesday as they launched a final assault to drive the Islamic State group from its de facto Syrian capital.The attack on the northern city at the heart of IS’s Syrian territory has been seven months in the making and is backed by air support, military advisers and weapons deliveries from the US-led coalition.Seized by the jihadists in early 2014, Raqa became notorious as a hub for IS’s operations in Syria, Iraq and beyond.The city has been the scene of some of the group’s worst atrocities, including gruesome executions, public displays of bodies and the trafficking of women.It was one of the twin pivots of IS’s so-called “caliphate,” with Mosul in neighbouring Iraq—where US-backed forces are also bearing down on the jihadists.After months sealing off access routes to the city from the east, north and west, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday entered the city limits for the first time.“Our forces entered the city of Raqa from the eastern district of Al-Meshleb,” SDF commander Rojda Felat said, adding clashes were also raging on the city’s northern outskirts.“They are fighting street battles inside Raqa now, and we have experience in urban warfare.”In fighting further south, the coalition said it “destroyed” a unit of pro-regime forces as they advanced near Al-Tanf, where coalition commandos have been training and advising anti-IS forces.Syrian state news agency Sana quoted military sources saying“Warplanes belonging to the so-called international coalition attacked one of our military positions on the road to al-Tanf… killing a number of people and causing some material damage,” reported Syrian state news agency Sana, quoting military sources.‘Decisive blow’The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes in Al-Meshleb had forced IS jihadists to withdraw from more than half of the district.The SDF was also trying to push into Raqa’s northwestern district of Al-Andalus, the monitor said, as fighting continued to the north, east and west of the city.The advance in Al-Meshleb was backed by heavy air strikes by the US-led coalition, the Observatory said.The coalition began its air campaign against IS in Iraq in August 2014, expanding its operations to Syria the following month.The coalition appears keen to expel IS from its last major urban bastions before the “caliphate” turns three years old later this month.Defeating IS in Raqa would “deliver a decisive blow to the idea of ISIS as a physical caliphate”, said coalition commander Lieutenant General Steve Townsend.Warning the fight would be “long and difficult,” Townsend framed the offensive as part of a greater struggle against IS, which has claimed attacks in many countries including last month’s deadly bombing in Manchester.“We all saw the heinous attack in Manchester,” he said. “ISIS threatens all our nations, not just Iraq and Syria, but in our homelands as well.”The SDF launched its operation to take Raqa—dubbed “Wrath of the Euphrates”—in November.It then scored a series of victories in the wider province, including capturing the strategic town of Tabqa and its adjacent dam in May.On Tuesday, SDF spokesman Talal Sello made the long-awaited announcement that the battle for Raqa itself had begun.“We declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqa, the so-called capital of terrorism and terrorists,” Sello told reporters in the village of Hazima, north of the city.“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqa from Daesh,” Sello told AFP, using an Arabic acronym for IS.Concerns for civiliansSello urged civilians inside Raqa city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines.The United Nations said it was concerned for the safety of more than 400,000 men, women and children in Raqa province who may be caught up in the violence.As the SDF has drawn closer to the city, reports of civilian casualties in coalition air strikes have swelled.On Monday, the Observatory said a coalition bombing raid killed 21 civilians as they tried to escape Raqa by dinghy on the Euphrates River.The same route leading out of the city’s southern districts has been used by IS fighters, it said.An estimated 300,000 civilians were believed to have been living under IS rule in Raqa, including 80,000 displaced from other parts of Syria.Thousands have fled in recent months to other parts of the province or to makeshift camps in territory newly captured by the SDF.On Tuesday, the International Rescue Committee said it was “deeply concerned for the safety of civilians in Raqa” after a drop in numbers fleeing the city in the past week.This “may indicate ISIS intends to use the 200,000 people still trapped in the city as human shields,” the aid group said, using another acronym for IS.It also urged the “utmost care” to prevent civilian casualties after “a worrying number of civilians killed from coalition airstrikes across Raqa in recent months”.More than 320,000 people have been killed since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011 with anti-government protests.Also Tuesday, Syrian regime forces advanced into Raqa province for the first time in a year, seizing two villages from IS, the Observatory and a military source said.last_img read more