Watch Toyota’s flying car take its first test flight

June 5, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to ride in a flying car? In just a few years, you might soon be able to! Several companies are working on developing this technology, and Toyota-backed Cartivator recently made progress on this goal by taking its flying car for a tentative test flight. Though the vehicle still needs a lot of work, the Japanese-based startup company is certain the car will be ready to fly in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The test flight can be seen in the Associated Press video below. Because the early prototype of the car is little more than structural scaffolding, batteries, and rotors, it doesn’t look like much. However, it is able to get about head height before returning to the ground. Unfortunately, the trial had to be called off after the propellers were damaged several attempts later. CNet reports that Cartivator Resource Management, a small tech company, received nearly $400,000 in investment from Toyota to bring the flying car concept to life. This isn’t the only futuristic technology Toyota is seeking to develop. After ending a partnership with Tesla , the company seeks to become a global leader in electric automobiles. When the Toyota-backed vehicle is completed, it should be able to take off from public roads and travel at speeds up to 100 kmph (62 mph) when flown at approximately 10 meters. At present, the team’s goal is to complete the flying car by the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo so it can light the flame. Related: Uber inks deal to demonstrate on-demand flying taxis at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai The race is on to develop the first functional flying car . Airbus announced plans to test autonomous flying vehicles by the end of 2017 and Uber is collaborating with Singapore’s Ministry of Transport to develop flying taxis as an attempt to ease congestion on urban roads. + Cartivator Via CNet Images via Cartivator

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Uber inks deal to demonstrate on-demand flying taxis at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

April 26, 2017 by  
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Getting from point A to point B in a car traveling on the ground is so 2017. Instead, Uber is working on a future where people will zip across cities in the sky. The company plans to test their on-demand flying car service, called Uber Elevate, in Dallas and Dubai by 2020. Uber wants customers to be able to press a button and summon a high-speed flying vehicle to transport them around a city through a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) network. They claim their zero-emissions vehicles will be electric and quiet, taking off and landing vertically – like a helicopter . Uber is developing the vehicles with five partners , including aviation companies like Bell Helicopter and Embraer . Related: Uber is working on flying electric cars to disrupt transportation again And they’ve already got a few cities on board. Uber has an agreement with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, including a joint study into pricing, routes, and people movement. Uber aims to launch an Uber Elevate Network demonstration at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. They also aim to initiate a pilot program in Dallas the same year before full-scale operations in Texas in 2023. Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said, “What started as a simple question: ‘Why can’t I push a button and get a ride?’ has turned, for Uber, into a passionate pursuit of the pinnacle of urban mobility – the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility in all corners of a city.” The BBC noted the technology isn’t proven yet, but Uber thinks their flying car service could cost around the same as their car transportation system. Regulation and safety are two other major hurdles Uber must leap before their technology can take to the skies. Via the BBC and Phys.org Images via Uber ( 1 , 2 )

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VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

April 21, 2017 by  
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Forget the flying cars you’ve seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined – at least, if Lilium Aviation has anything to do with it. The aviation company recently unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. And while there are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week. The vehicle is powered by 36 electric jet engines. Electric powered-flight is just developing, but Lilium has figured out how to make it work in its prototype. “It’s the same battery that you can find in any Tesla,” co-founder Patrick Nathen told The Verge . The battery consumes 90 percent less than current drone aircraft. The craft has a flight speed of 186 mph with a range of 186 miles per charge. Related: AeroMobil is launching a flying car that you can actually buy this year Lilium’s prototype is a two-seater, but the company plans to eventually make a 5-seat vehicle that can be used as an air taxi. For the maiden voyage, the craft was remotely piloted from the ground, but the company is shooting for manned flight night. The final version will be piloted autonomously and you will be able to book a flight using your smartphone, just like a Lyft in the sky. Via The Verge

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VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

April 21, 2017 by  
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Forget the flying cars you’ve seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined – at least, if Lilium Aviation has anything to do with it. The aviation company recently unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. And while there are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week. The vehicle is powered by 36 electric jet engines. Electric powered-flight is just developing, but Lilium has figured out how to make it work in its prototype. “It’s the same battery that you can find in any Tesla,” co-founder Patrick Nathen told The Verge . The battery consumes 90 percent less than current drone aircraft. The craft has a flight speed of 186 mph with a range of 186 miles per charge. Related: AeroMobil is launching a flying car that you can actually buy this year Lilium’s prototype is a two-seater, but the company plans to eventually make a 5-seat vehicle that can be used as an air taxi. For the maiden voyage, the craft was remotely piloted from the ground, but the company is shooting for manned flight night. The final version will be piloted autonomously and you will be able to book a flight using your smartphone, just like a Lyft in the sky. Via The Verge

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The world’s first flying car is finally available for pre-order

February 17, 2017 by  
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The future is finally here: pre-orders just began for the world’s first flying car . After years of development, Netherlands-based PAL-V has launched its Liberty Sport and Liberty Pioneer vehicles – both of which can drive on land and fly through the sky. The future’s not cheap though – the base Sport model starts at $399,000 USD. According to Flying Magazine , PAL-V has been working on the Liberty for more than 15 years, with the first test flight taking place in 2015. The three-wheeled vehicle is built around a unique Rotax engine that powers a dual-propulsion drivetrain. When the vehicle is in drive mode, its propeller conveniently tucks into the back of the vehicle and the rotors fold up top. According to the company, the Liberty can travel at speeds up to 100 miles per hour, and the car can switch from driving to flying mode in just 10 to 15 minutes. https://youtu.be/GfMNtCPChxo Before you decide to make a $10,000 down payment to own one of these puppies, keep in mind that regulations require Liberty pilots to take off from an airstrip or airfield – not from your backyard or even on the road. The vehicle needs at least 590 feet of space to lift off the ground, and it can be flown to a maximum altitude of 11,480 feet. Related: Uber is working on flying electric cars to disrupt transportation again The base Sport model costs $399,000, and the tricked-out Pioneer model comes in at $599,000 – which begs the question as to whether these flying cars are truly “commercially available.” They do come with introductory training lessons, but you’ll need to get a pilot’s license before you get off the ground. The Liberty is expected to arrive on doorsteps by late 2018 + PAL-V Via Slashgear and Flying Magazine Image and video via PAL-V  

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Uber is working on flying electric cars to disrupt transportation again

October 28, 2016 by  
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Self-driving cars just became so passé. Uber is now working on flying cars , according to a 98-page white paper on their futuristic project Uber Elevate. They describe the service as ” on-demand aviation ” and it focus on Vertical Take-off and Landing ( VTOL ) aircraft. Uber believes that Uber Elevate will free up traffic and shorten commutes. Users could complete the two hour commute from the Marina District of San Francisco to San Jose with a snappy 15 minute flight. Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden wrote in a Medium post, “Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground.” Related: AeroMobil unveils futuristic flying car, plans to launch by 2017 Uber hopes to design a sustainable flying car powered by electricity. They also imagine pilots will operate the vehicles at first, but ultimately the VTOLs could glide through the skies autonomously. Flying is typically seen as a costly mode of travel, but Uber thinks VTOLs could offer an affordable alternative. In the Medium post Holden said air travel is so expensive now because of “low production volume manufacturing.” VTOLs could be expensive initially, but over time “high production volume manufacturing” will lower costs. VTOLs could even utilize infrastructure already in place, like helipads. Parking garage roofs or land around highway interchanges could also act as “vertiports,” or places where several VTOLs can land, take off, and charge. Will there be lanes in the sky as on the ground? Uber doesn’t seem to think so. Holden says one of the benefits of VTOLs is they “do not need to follow fixed routes.” If the flying cars can pursue several different paths, this could limit potential air travel congestion. Via The Verge Images via Uber and Joby Aviation Facebook

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AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car Unveiled in Vienna

November 4, 2014 by  
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AeroMobil is poised to turn the flying car into a reality with its new AeroMobil 3.0 . Last month AeroMobil unveiled the latest version of its flying car at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria and now it’s been certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying. Read the rest of AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car Unveiled in Vienna Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aeromobil , aeromobil 2.5 , aeromobil 3.0 , AeroMobil flying car , AeroMobil plane , flying car , green car , green transportation , Pioneers Festival

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Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video)

October 18, 2013 by  
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It might not be the world’s first flying car , but it’s certainly the world’s prettiest airborne automobile. The Aeromobil Version 2.5 “road-able aircraft” is the second car we’ve seen taking to the skies successfully. Stefan Klein, the Slovakian lead designer behind the Aeromobil, announced the flying car’s first flight after developing the prototype over the last 20 years. It’s not just a flying marvel either, with a sleek bird-like design it’s a million times better looking than the Terrafugia TF-X . Hit the jump to see the Aeromobil in action! Read the rest of Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aeromobil , Aeromobil Version 2.5 , carbon fiber , flying automobiles , flying car , flying car design , folding wing design , Jetsons , Juraj Vaculík , Light Sport Aircraft , prototype flying car , Stefan Klein , Terrafugia TF-X , ultra lightweight materials , water-cooled engine        

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Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

May 29, 2013 by  
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Flying cars aren’t quite ready to take to the roads (or in the skies) just yet, but a new remote-controlled car brings them one step closer to reality. The B RC Hybrid Car-Helicopter starts off scooting down the road, then lifts off into the air with the flick of a switch. The B transitions from air to ground seamlessly, providing possible inspiration for future vehicle design. Click through to see a video of the mini flying car in action. Read the rest of Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: b RC hybrid car-helicopter , eco design , flying car , green design , remote control flying car , sustainable design        

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TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

May 7, 2013 by  
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