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Flying car wins airworthiness certificate

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A flying car which has the capability of flying above 8,000ft at a speed of 160 km/h has been granted an airworthiness certificate

The flying car which is capable of hitting speeds over 160km per hour and fly at an altitude above 8,000ft has officially been issued with a certificate of airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority.

The hybrid car-aircraft known as the AirCar, is fitted with a BMW engine and it runs on regular petrol-pump fuel.

Aircar could become the way of the future / Image: Supplied

It takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car into an aircraft

The certification came after 70 hours of flight testing and more than 200 take-offs and landings, the company said.

“AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars,” its creator, Prof Stefan Klein, said.

“It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever.”

In June 2021, the flying car completed a 35-minute flight between international airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

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Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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Elon Musk’s ruins ended up in Australia

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Scientists have confirmed space debris found in the state of New South Wales is in fact from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company

Farmers Mick Miners and Jock Wallace got the shock of their life when they stumbled across the wreckage on their properties.

Australia’s Space Agency was alerted to the find, and sent an expert to determine its origins.

Scientists have now confirmed the location and timing of space junk coincides with a SpaceX craft which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 7am on July 9.

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