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Orlando will be home to the first flying cars mobility network in America

Lake Nova, Orlando will be home the nation's fist flying cars mobility network hub.

Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

Orlando will be home to the first high-speed electric air mobility network in America. Lilium, the Munich, Germany-based aviation company behind the push, plans to have an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet aircraft ready by the time the Lake Nona vetiport location opens in 2025.

Within a 186-mile radius of the hub are 20 million Floridians. This includes the major cities of Tampa and Orlando. This mileage is the same as the range of the Lilium Jet aircraft, which can travel up to 186 mies within one hour on a single charge.

Lilium jet Lilium's flying cars have about 1,000 times less parts than a typical jet.Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

The Florida hub is contiguous to Orlando International Airport, where 75 million visitors pass through each year during typical business conditions. Several aviation companies are located nearby including BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support and SimCom Aviation Training. The Kennedy Space Center is also close to Orlando.

Liliu jet range The flying car is able to reach about 20 million Florida residents.Photo courtesy of Lilium Jet

The Lilium Jet uses 36 single-stage electric motors to thrust the vehicle in nearly any direction. This means that control surfaces, rudders, ailerons, and a tail are not required. In this respect, the jet operates similarly, but at a much higher level than a drone. The Lilium Jet has about the same number of individual parts as a typical family car, which is 1,000 times fewer than the typical jet.

Earlier this year, New Hampshire became the first state to pass a bill allowing flying cars on the road.

The vertiport location is subject to approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and other regulatory agencies. The Lilium jet is under certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA and will operate under existing regulatory frameworks.

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Lamborghini is accelerating its path toward an all-electric future.

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Lamborghini plans to electrify its lineup and now we know how fast that process will be going and what the company won't be focusing on. In a presentation, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, detailed that the super luxury automaker will "focus continually on identifying technologies and solutions that guarantee top performance and driving dynamics" rather than fuel economy. Those words are magic to enthusiasts ears.

"Lamborghini's electrification plan is a newly-plotted course, necessary in the context of a radically-changing world, where we want to make our contribution by continuing to reduce environmental impact through concrete projects," said Winkelmann. "Our response is a plan with a 360 degree approach, encompassing our products and our Sant'Agata Bolognese location, taking us towards a more sustainable future while always remaining faithful to our DNA."

The three-phase approach to electrification starts this year. From 2021 to 2022, Lamborghini will focus on "presenting models paying tribute to the company's recent period of continuous success". Expect two new cars in the V12 model line-up to be announced this year.

By the end of 2024, the hybrid transition for the automaker will be well underway. In 2023 Lamborghini will launch its first hybrid series production car and by the end of 2024, the entire range will be electrified. The company's internal target for this phase is to reduce product carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent by the beginning of 2025.

In this second phase, Lamborghini is committed to keeping the drive experience in focus as well as the application of carbon fiber materials, which the company sees as crucial in developing their new product lineup.

Lamborghini is committing to bringing the company's first fully-electric car to the market in the second half of the 2020s with a number of electric vehicles on the horizon. The automaker expects to introduce a fourth model.

The automaker has initiated an investment of 1.5 billion euros to create the pathway to electrification. The money will be spent over four years time.

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A new Honda design concept is coming to the interior of their lineup.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

A fresh video from Honda shows off a new interior design that will translate into its upcoming 2022 Honda Civic and beyond. The design concept, called "Simplicity and Something" reflects the time honored tradition of human-centric design while modernizing and simplifying the look of the interior of Honda vehicles.

It's been created to optimize passenger space, which is reflected not just in the wheel design and electronics but also in the shape and size of the greenhouse provided.

In the new video, Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S., provides insight into the new philosophy behind the interior design direction.

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"Simplicity in design requires not only a strong philosophy, but a discipline toward the user experience," said Norman. "We've heard from designers working for other brands who say they were inspired by the simple, human-centered design of old Hondas. Well, so are we!"

Nearly all of what is seen in the video is new for Honda. Long, thin elements blend the dashboard vents in with the rest of the sculptural element. The new Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, and Kia EV6 take a similar approach. A longer and skinnier infotainment screen is shown resting atop the dash with a simplified three-dial design demo it. Some physical buttons appear to still remain.

Below the center stack is a small item storage space in front of a new shifter design. Beside that are drive mode selectors and an auto hold button. There's another button too, which may be for traction control or hill descent control, but its graphics aren't clear in the image.

Panning from right to left, the start button appears to still be in its natural position on the dashboard behind the right side of the steering wheel. The steering wheel design is a complete redo with a fresh layout and newly styled buttons, some of which illuminate. Paddle shifters are present.

In front of the driver is a fully-digital instrument panel that is hooded like Nissan's rather than hanging out on its own like in the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

There appear to be a number of hard plastic and piano black surfaces as well as more dynamic materials making an appearance. It's likely that upgraded fabrics and materials would continue to be present in future high trim level models.

The 2022 Honda Civic makes its full debut later this week, complete with a complete look at the interior. Stay tuned.

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