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Electric VTOL Flying Cars Have a Role With Clean and Efficient Transportation

Fully occupited electric VTOL flying cars are more efficient than regular cars that are half occupied and are more efficient for trips over 22 miles. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Innovation, Vtol


Flying taxis could be more efficient than gas and electric cars on long-distance trips

Flying cars definitely sound cool, but whether they’re actually a good idea is up for debate. Fortunately they do seem to have some surefire benefits, among which you can now count improved efficiency — in theory, and on long trips. But it’s something! Air travel takes an enormous amount of energy, since you have to lift something heavy into the air and keep it there for a good while. This is often faster but rarely more efficient than ground transportation, which lets gravity do the hard work. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Transportation, Science, Tech, Automotive, Flying Cars, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Hexa, Flying Taxis, Noah Furbush, So University of Michigan


Ford and University of Michigan Study Whether Flying Cars Would be Better For Environment

Ford and the University of Michigan undertook a study to see just how efficient vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles would be when compared to both internal combustion cars and electric cars. From a report: The study found that these flying electric vehicles, while not suitable for short commutes, could play a "niche role in sustainable mobility for longer trips." Flying cars could also be valuable mobility options for congested cities as part of a ride-share taxi service, according to ...
Tags: Tech, Ford, University Of Michigan, Vtol, Better For Environment, Akshat Kasliwal, School for Environment and Sustainability


YC’s latest moonshot bet is a startup building a $380K ‘flying motorcycle’

David Mayman has a vision for personal aviation that he’s spent the past dozen years and millions of his personal fortune chasing. He hasn’t accepted the convention that jetpacks were just a misguided fantasy for the future; his company, Jetpack Aviation, has been building them and he’s been zooming around in publicity-grabbing stunts in a plea to the public that there’s room to dream when it comes to human flight. And while an eight-person startup aiming to build out a fleet of $380,000 “fly...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Y Combinator, Steve Jobs, Tech, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Red Bull, Vtol, David Mayman, Jetpack, Jared Friedman, Jetpack Aviation, Mayman, Vertical Take-off And Landing


Uber Is Open to Outside Investment Into Self-Driving Car Unit

The company’s pouring large, undisclosed sums of money into its Advanced Technologies Group, which includes the company’s self-driving car research as well as plans to build VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles at scale and speed, with a goal of them becoming a mass-market technology. Khosrowshahi was speaking to Bloomberg News’s Brad Stone at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. Uber is competing with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, Tesla Inc., and the world’s traditional auto manuf...
Tags: Science, Davos, Vtol, World Economic Forum, Bloomberg News, Alphabet Inc, Brad Stone, Khosrowshahi, Advanced Technologies Group, Waymo Tesla Inc


This car-sized two-seater VTOL can take off and land directly in parking slots

The Onyx is the result of a pretty basic demand. The future of flying cars is clearly the VTOL, or the vertical take-off and landing vehicle, and when they do become a norm, they’ll need to follow a set framework to fit into a world that was dominated for a century by four-wheeler cars. For instance, taking a VTOL to the nearest supermarket would mean having to park it in the same car-park as any regular car. That’s why the Onyx is designed the way it is… to provide that seamless transition from...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Automotive, Vtol, Onyx, Charles Bombardier, Imaginactive, Charles Champagne, Jorge Ciprian


Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's Tintin inspired 'Starship'

It may look like something straight out of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century or Tintin's Destination Moon but, according to Elon Musk, the pictures he tweeted of his latest SpaceX creation are very much real. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and electric car-maker Tesla, revealed that assembly of the 'Starship Hopper' test-flight rocket was complete and that the pictures of the shimmering, stainless steel construction were 'not a rendering'. The Tintin comparison is not an accident. In ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Musk, Hopper, Grasshopper, Vtol, Boca Chica, Starship, Yusaku Maezawa, Big Falcon Rocket, Musk SpaceX


Bell is building a self-flying air taxi, and it brought a prototype to CES 2019

Bell, the storied aviation manufacturer, dropped a surprise at CES 2019 by unveiling its design for a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) passenger vehicle - in other words, they're building a flying taxi. The post Bell is building a self-flying air taxi, and it brought a prototype to CES 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Flying Cars, Bell, Vtol, Emerging Tech, Bell Helicopter, Bell Nexus


Flying bikes are coming soon, to rid you of your traffic woes

The guys at Thrustcycle believe that flying bikes aren’t particularly far away. In fact, they’re all set to build their own, which comprises two propellers for vertical lift-off, and two gyroscopes for stability. They’ve even built a proof-of-concept of their gyroscopes in action in one of their bike prototypes. The counter-rotating gyroscopes are powerful enough to keep the bike stable even when struck powerfully with a kick to the side, so when added to the GyroDrone concept, it should enable ...
Tags: Design, Automotive, Motorcycle, Vtol, Clyde Iragashi, Gyrodrone, Thrustcycle Enterprises, Thrustcycle


BlackFly ‘flying car’ to hit the market in 2019 for the price of an SUV

A Larry Page-backed company has announced that its flying car will go on sale in 2019. It's called the BlackFly. Not quite the escape from traffic you had in mind, but it's a jaw-dropping start. Hey, it's the future. We're supposed to have flying cars, right? Well, here's your flying car, sort of and again . It's slated to go on sale in 2019. It's called the BlackFly and the company manufacturing it, Opener , is backed at least partially by Alphabet's Larry Page, who's been rumored to have be...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Technology, Congress, Future, Larry Page, Flight, Industrial Design, Canada, Aircraft, Innovation, Faa, Black, Alphabet, Vtol, Washington Examiner


The Zennström manifesto

At almost 86 degrees Fahrenheit, London is enduring a mini heat wave by traditional British summer standards. News reports at the weekend had relayed findings from the Met Office’s latest “State of the U.K. Climate report” confirming that the country is officially warming. Perhaps the first two industrial revolutions have finally taken their toll on the planet, just as the World Economic Forum argues that we are ushering in a fourth industrial revolution based on emerging technology such as arti...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Europe, London, News, Microsoft, Ebay, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Tech, Eu, Munich, Silicon Valley, Met Office


A marvelous sound machine inspired by a Soviet deep drilling project

Deep in the Arctic Circle, the USSR was drilling deeper into the Earth than anyone before. One artist has combined archaeology and invention to bring its spirit back in sound. Meet SG-3 (СГ-3) — the Kola Superdeep Borehole. You know when kids would joke about digging a hole to China? Well, the USSR’s borehole got to substantial depths – 12,262 m (over 40,000 ft) at the time of the USSR’s collapse. The borehole was so epic – and the Soviets so secretive – that it has inspired legends of seismic...
Tags: Europe, Music, Diy, Sweden, Electronics, China, Russia, Tech, History, Earth, Drilling, Stories, Moscow, Finland, Archaeology, Arduino


Tesla in turmoil after Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live show and top executives resign

Tesla’s shares have crashed after two top executives left the company and Elon Musk, its chief executive, was filmed smoking marijuana during an interview. Mr Musk, who announced and then abandoned a plan to take Tesla off the stock market last month, smoked the drug on a podcast hosted by the comedian Joe Rogan. Marijuana is legal in California, where the podcast was recorded, but its explicit use is atypical for the head of a major company. On Friday, Tesla revealed that its chief accounting o...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, California, US, Tesla, Bloomberg, Thailand, SEC, Morton, Securities And Exchange Commission, Musk, Vtol, Joe Rogan, Dave Morton, Gaby Toledano, On Friday Tesla


Atomico’s Yann de Vries joins flying taxi company Lilium as VP Corporate Development

Perhaps the one downside to building a venture capital firm filled with operational experience is that you can’t always keep an operator out of the action for too long. Or so it seems, if the latest VC move at London-based Atomico is anything to go by. Atomico Partner Yann de Vries — who led investments in Teralytics (Switzerland), GoEuro (Berlin) and Jobandtalent (Madrid) — is joining Lilium, the super ambitious Munich-based startup developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Berlin, Tech, Tesla, Munich, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Airbus, Skype, Redpoint, Latin America, Niklas Zennstrom, Atomico, Gett


Aston Martin Takes to the Skies with Latest Concept Design

Better known for producing vehicles that have four wheels firmly on the ground, Aston Martin is reaching new heights in luxury transportation with its latest concept design.Launched at the recent Farnborough International Air Show in the UK, the Volante Vision Concept is an exploration into personal air mobility that, being Aston Martin, aims to deliver the ultimate in premium passenger experience. Together with its distinctive Aston Martin design language, the aircraft features vertical t...
Tags: UK, Design, Planes, Aston Martin, Vtol, Marek Reichman, Reichman, Farnborough International Air Show, Aston Martin Takes, Volante Vision Concept, Cranfield University Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Aston Martin EVP


UberAIR to take flight with help from UT Austin and U.S. Army Research Labs

After three months of discussions, Uber Elevate has selected The University of Texas at Austin as its partner alongside the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop new rotor technology for vehicles that the company will use in its uberAIR flying taxi network. The news is the latest step in Uber’s plans to get demonstration flights off the ground in the megalopolises of Dallas Ft. Worth; Los Angeles, and Dubai. The ultimate goal is to have uberAIR services commercially available in those citi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Utah, Texas, Air Travel, Los Angeles, Aircraft, Transport, Dubai, Dallas, Commuting, Airbus, Rolls-royce, Audi, Aston Martin


513 Farnborough Airshow 2018

This episode we take a look at some of the stories to come out of the 2018 Farnborough Airshow including the orders, the Boeing NMA, the Airbus A220, a startup airline, and engines powering new aircraft. In the news, we look at the Ryanair strikes, the top ten airlines, United flight attendants preparing to pitch the airline’s credit card, and the Airbus A321LR and XLR. We also have an interview with the director of the Portland International Jetport, and an important announcement. Farnb...
Tags: Labor, US, Ryanair, Aviation, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United, Jetblue, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Skytrax, Gimlet, Jetblue Airways, Vtol, Cfm


With the Volante Vision Concept, Aston Martin is taking to the skies

While most Aston Martin automobiles are designed to give you the sensation of flying while being safely grounded on four wheels against the asphalt, the Volante Vision concept may actually give you the power of flight. Debuted at the Farnborough Air Show this year, the Volante Vision is Aston Martin’s first foray into airplanes (coincidentally, Volante means Flying in quite a few European languages).Designed to seat three people, the Volante Vision was made to provide fast, efficient and congest...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Design, Automotive, Luxury, Aircraft, Aston Martin, Vision, Vtol, Volante, Farnborough Air Show, Volante Vision Concept Aston Martin, Volante Vision, British Automotive Maker, Cranfield University Cranfield Aerospace Solutions


The electric aircraft is taking off

Evan Gaj Contributor Evan Gaj is a mechanical engineering graduate from LeHigh University currently on a Fulbright Scholarship in Warsaw studying drones. In 2008, the electric motor vehicle experienced a rebirth triggered by a rise in oil prices. Now in 2018, it is the time for another rebirth — in electrical aviation. Over the decades, advances have been made across the aviation field and on all fronts. In 1986, Burt Rutan made the first non-stop, unrefueled fl...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, UK, New York, London, Eu, Nasa, European Commission, Silicon Valley, Easyjet, Siemens, Abu Dhabi, Faa, Boeing, Jetblue


Personal Flying Machine Contest Gets 600 Entries

"A giant egg equipped with rotors and 'Transformers'-style robots are among some of the creative designs submitted in a $2 million dollar contest to dream up new ways of flying," reports CNN. "GoFly, a $2 million competition to design personal flying machines backed by Boeing, has announced its first round of most promising designs out of 600 entries from around the world," writes harrymcc . "Proposed vehicles need to fly for at least 20 miles, at 35 miles an hour; many of the ideas look a bit...
Tags: Tech, Cnn, Faa, Boeing, Vtol, Gwen Lighter


VTOL drone can evacuate wounded soldiers and disaster victims, deliver cargo

Tactical Robotics' unmanned Cormorant VTOL drone can evacuate two wounded battlefield casualties or disaster site victims at the same time. The aircraft can land and take off from remote or hard to reach locations without a landing strip. The post VTOL drone can evacuate wounded soldiers and disaster victims, deliver cargo appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Drone, Robotics, Vtol, Emerging Tech, Tactical Robotics, Cormorant drone, Evacuation Drone


502 Electric and Solar Aircraft from Bye Aerospace

Bye Aerospace founder George Bye tells us about his electric and solar aircraft projects, including the electric Sun Flyer training aircraft, the StratoAirNet, the Silent Falcon UAV, the TriFan 600, the Mars SOLESA, and the Starlight UAV. In the news, we look at the WC-130H crash in Georgia, breaking airplane windows, and companies developing supersonic transports. Also, an installment from student pilot Nicki, the history of Soviet airliners from Will, Tom Larkin’s mini-jet, the Mercury 13 docu...
Tags: Facebook, Georgia, Nasa, Chicago, Arizona, Smithsonian, Accident, Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Supersonic, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, C-130, Usaf, Puerto Rico, Southwest


Uber adds another flying taxi partner

Uber has teamed up with Karem Aircraft to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles for the ride-hailing company’s upcoming flying taxi service, the companies announced today at Uber Elevate. Karem Aircraft, which has patented Optimum Speed Tiltroter technology for military and commercial applications, has been working with Uber for about a year to create the Butterfly concept. This type of vehicle is supposed to be a passenger-friendly adaptation of Karem’s core technolo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Los Angeles, Tech, Vtol, Allison, Dallas Fort Worth, Frisco Texas, Eric Allison, Karem, Flying Taxis, Uber Elevate, Karem Aircraft, Uber Elevate Karem Aircraft, Abe Karem


Uber’s New Aerial Taxi Concept Looks Like the Spruce Goose of Flying Cars

Uber unveiled a new design for its futuristic “aerial taxi” at the second annual Uber Elevate conference today. And judging by the concept art, Uber is still trying to figure out how to make electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) a practical reality. The company’s latest design looks like the Spruce Goose of…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Porsche, Flying Cars, Flying Car, Huawei, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Flying Taxis, UberAir, Evtol


From Ferraris to flying taxis: Q&A with Lilium’s new Head of Product Design

Munich-based Lilium, the super ambitious company developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet and accompanying “air taxi” service, continues to hire top talent to make its vision a reality. The latest new recruitment is car design veteran Frank Stephenson, who has previously worked for Ferrari, Maserati, and Mini, to name but a few. Considered one of the world’s most renowned and influential car designers in recent times, 58-year-old Stephenson’s portfolio includes iconic desi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Munich, Michelin, Mclaren, Einstein, Vtol, Da Vinci, Stephenson, Aren, Ferrari Maserati, Lilium, Frank Stephenson


AeroMobil reveals flying taxi that transforms from car to electric airplane

Designed for both the skies and the streets, the AeroMobil 5.0 is the latest futuristic creation from the Slovakia-based flying car company. Rather than taking off as a traditional airplane does, the AeroMobil 5.0 is able to gain altitude through vertical thrust from powerful rotors embedded in retractable wings that deploy when you are ready to hit the skies. A rear propeller provides the vehicle with midair thrust. Billed as the “first and only electric VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing vehi...
Tags: Design, Nasa, Aeromobil, Slovakia, Vtol, Juraj Vaculik, STOL, Patrick Hessel, VTOL Vertical Takeoff


AeroMobil’s new electric flying car concept is a sporty 4-seater

Flying cars are more down to earth than ever – at least, in that their physical design is moving closer to something resembling a car. The AeroMobil 5th generation all-electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) concept is no exception, with styling that makes it look sort of like a near-future SUV or crossover, with a wide nose but a sleek, low design that suggests sporty performance. The AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL joins the previously revealed 4.0 STOL (short take-off and landing) vehicle that the c...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Automotive, Aircraft, Transport, New Zealand, Aviation, Flying Car, Emerging-technologies, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, STOL


The McFly project wants to launch flying taxis on the blockchain in Nairobi

The McFly project has announced that they are in the process of setting up infrastructure for their autonomous flying car taxi service in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi will be part of the 23 cities around the world where the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) urban flying taxis service is hoping to initially launch. Added to that, passengers will pay for McFly urban flying taxi rides using McFly’s tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. “The VTOL autonomy will be implemented over time as users and regula...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Africa, Tech, World, McFly, Vtol, Nairobi, Syndication, Nairobi Kenya Nairobi


Kitty Hawk is testing electric self-flying taxis in New Zealand

Self-flying taxis could zip through the skies of New Zealand if Kitty Hawk has anything to do about it. Financed by Google co-founder Larry Page, the company has reached an agreement with the country to test the planes for official certification – with plans to launch a commercial network in three years. Kitty Hawk could beat Uber in building a network of electric self-flying taxis. They’ve found a collaborator in New Zealand; prime minister Jacinda Ardern told The New York Times, “We’ve got a...
Tags: Google, Design, California, Larry Page, New York Times, New Zealand, The New York Times, Vtol, Cora, Kitty Hawk, Zee Aero, New York Times Images, Jacinda Ardern, Zephyr Airworks, Kitty Hawk Cora


Uber is pushing forward with its flying car plans and will host a Los Angeles event with demonstrations in May

Uber is hosting an aviation conference, Elevate Summit, in May 2018. The ride-hailing company wants to run a "flying car" trial in three cities by 2020. Its long-term vision is urban aircraft you book with the tap of an app. Uber is still committed to its dream of flying cars. In May, the ride-hailing company will host a special conference dedicated to the futuristic vehicles, a sign that Uber's intentions to play a leading role in the nascent industry have not been dampened by the new manag...
Tags: Google, Uber, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Dubai, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Holden, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Boeing Airbus, California Polytechnic State University, Dara Khosrowshahi, Jeff Holden