All posts by Naish Gaubatz

The Future of eVTOL Energy Systems

09 May 2018 || 4 min read

At Uber Elevate Summit 2018, Celina Mikolajcak, Uber‘s Director of Engineering, Energy Storage Systems, and Alan Dowdell, VP of Business Development, ChargePoint Discussed eVTOL Energy Systems in an interview with TransportUP. ChargePoint and Uber are partners on the UberAIR initiative, where ChargePoint intends on supplying charging infrastructure and connectors for Uber’s aircraft that will rapidly recharge UberAIR vehicles between flights....

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Uber Elevate’s Summit 2018 Day 1 is winding down – here’s a quick overview of the biggest announcements and news from the day: Uber announced their partnership with Karem Aircraft, and unveiled an eVTOL dubbed the “Butterfly”: Embraer Released their EmbraerX concept: Pipistrel also released a concept eVTOL that will be part of a “family” of eVTOL aircraft: E-one Moli...

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Butterfly Collaboration eVTOL

Uber Elevate Summit 2018 Preview

07 May 2018 || 3 min read

This year’s Uber Elevate Summit marks the second annual gathering focused on advancing the flying car and taxi market. The Summit also promises to yield a number of exciting announcements on recent developments from representatives at companies such as Embraer, Pipistrel, Bell Flight, Aurora Flight Sciences, and ChargePoint. Be sure to refer back to transportup.com throughout the course of the...

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Workhorse executed the first test flight of their SureFly eVTOL on Thursday. The FAA issued an experimental certification ticket for the flight, marking one of the first few instances of a domestic flying taxi flight test under FAA regulations. Here’s a video of the flight: Why it’s important: The first flight of the SureFly eVTOL adds another competitor to the...

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Workhorse SureFly eVTOL

Woburn, MA based Terrafugia announced a partnership with CEVT (China Euro Vehicle Technology AB) in a Tuesday press release. The partnership intends to aide bringing the Transition flying car to market. “The combination of CEVT’s advanced engineering capabilities and automotive experience with Terrafugia’s expertise in innovative air mobility will take Geely to the sky providing vehicles for both ground and air transportation,”...

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Terrafugia Transition Flying Car

Flying Cars are Here, and They Really Do Work

30 April 2018 || 3 min read

Flying cars are here. Once just a Jetson’s whirlwind dream of what the future could hold, today almost 30 companies worldwide are working to corner one of the world’s newest transportation markets. For a sense of scale and level of development within this industry, here’s a quick overview. Key Manufacturers: Some of the most notable manufacturers within the flying car...

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Ehang 184 Flying Taxi

Boeing Subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences announced yesterday that a recent agreement from DARPA will allow for the transfer of Aurora’s X-plane developed eVTOL technology to commercial applications. The x-plane technology, largely focused on piloting ducted fan and electric battery implementation in vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, will now be slated for wide-spread commercial application. The technology also included tilt-wing and...

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Aurora UAS

Lilium has added the renowned Frank Stephenson to head their product design. In a news release late Monday, Lilium announced that the car designer, who has worked with Ferrari, MINI, and BMW, would be joining the Lilium Team. “My last job was as high up as you could be in the car design world. The obvious question was – what...

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Frank Stephenson

Canada Invests in Bell’s Flying Taxis

23 April 2018 || 2 min read

Canada is investing in flying taxis. On April 19th, the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada group (ISED) committed to a $39.2M investment over 5 years to a group of academic and industrial companies led by Bell. The investment marks one of the first commitments by a government to back the advancement of flying car technology, and represents a large...

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Bell Flight Helicopter

The Future of Flying Car Positioning Systems

22 April 2018 || 2 min read

Professor Dan Bliss of the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering School at Arizona State University is helping Airbus with their positioning system for the CityAirbus flying taxi transport. Bliss’ work is focused on utilizing “distributed coherence” in his navigation system, which allows for much greater accuracy in positioning, a critical requirement for the safe operation of flying cars and taxis....

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Airbus CityAirbus Flying Taxi

The American Helicopter Society, or AHS, has rebranded to “The Vertical Flight Society” marking the shift in paradigm from solely supporting helicopters. The new name includes all vertical flight craft, including flying cars. The shift moved the society to vtol.org. Why it’s important: The American Helicopter Society has long been a mainstay of the US’ vertical flight presence, but this...

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Multi-Rotor Helicopter

Volocopter Releases Concept “Vertiports”

17 April 2018 || 2 min read

German Volocopter released their concept flying car vertiport that will compete with Uber Elevate’s plans to advance flying car and taxi infrastructure in cities. The planned “Volo-ports” will include infrastructure for up to 1,000 passengers to either load or disembark from Volocopters, and the entire experience will be housed on rooftops in urban areas. The Volo-ports will have 3 additional...

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Volocopter over NYC

Samson Sky hosted a flying car forum at the 2018 Sun n’ Fun airshow on Friday.  The forum discussed the state of the flying car industry and allowed Sun n’ Fun visitors to chart with the Samson Sky team to learn more about the flying car industry and the progression of flying cars. The manufacturer is holding 615 reservations for...

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