Category: Infrastructure

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

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

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

Terrafugia is Expanding its Workforce

12 April 2018 || 1 min read

Woburn, MA based flying car manufacturer Terrafugia announced on Tuesday that it’s expanding its workforce and creating 130 new US jobs. Terrafugia has added 75 persons to its workforce during the last 12 months, and their press release states that at least another 50 will be added by the end of the year. Terrafugia is owned by Geely Holdings (see...

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TF-X Flying Car on Road

How Raytheon is bringing Radar to Flying Cars

11 April 2018 || 2 min read

Raytheon is bringing radar technology to flying cars and taxis. The aerospace companies’ recent efforts have focused on developing a low-power radar that can fill in the gaps of conventional larger scale radar systems. Their proposition is to implement many small systems en masse instead of utilizing large, scanning systems that have ranges of up to 200 miles. The radar...

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Flying Taxi Rolled out for Flight

The CEO of Royal Palms Companies, Dan Kodsi, recently announced that he’s expecting flying cars to be around in 10-15 years, and that by that time the Paramount Miami Worldcenter will be ready to accommodate them. Kodsi’s ambitious plan includes creating a multi-purpose swimming pool on the Paramount’s rooftop with a movable bottom; when a VTOL comes in to land...

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Paramount Skyport for Flying Taxis

Are airports ready to handle flying cars? This question was addressed by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) in response to the large-scale efforts by JetBlue, Airbus, Boeing, and others that have propelled the flying car and taxi industry to readiness before anyone expected. The ARMD has even created a new classification of vehicle specifically for flying cars and taxis...

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Uber Elevate Flying Taxi

Experts from across the industry of aviation, aerospace, and drones joined at the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo in Kansas City on March 28 to discuss the future of the flying taxi market. The panelists included Mark Zannoni, research director for International Data Corporation, Jonathan McGory, general counsel for the Cleveland Airport System, and Bill Goodwin, VP of Policy...

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Ehang 184 Flying Taxi

Siemens released their electric propulsion technology at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, marking another entry to the electric propulsion field by the telecommunications company. The system’s claimed total output is 260 kilowatts, which is “five times more than comparable drive systems” according to Siemens’ website. The weight to provide that power is just under 50 kilograms....

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Volocopter Flying eVTOL

The Swiss-based team that brought the aEro1 electric aerobatic aircraft demonstrator to fruition has recently unveiled its plans for the aEro2. The aEro2 is claimed to be a two-seat tilt wing configuration with range of up to 120km (75 miles) on purely electric power. With a backup Auxiliary Power Unit, the aEro2 may fly as far as 800 km (500...

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Dufour Aerospace aEro2

Audi recently joined the ranks of automakers in the eVTOL transportation industry with its announcement at the 88th Geneva Motor Show that it would be collaborating with Airbus and Italdesign on the Pop.Up eVTOL transport. The Pop.Up was shown at the previous year’s Motor Show, but without Audi branding on certain car components. Now, Audi has included their expertise on...

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Airbus Pop.Up Next

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Elon Musk last week made a buzz on Twitter after Khosrowshahi posed the question “why do you need to dig tunnels when you can fly”? Musk quipped back with his response, citing the potential noise and downwash generated from eVTOL’s propellors as reason enough to pursue the Hyperloop project in lieu of vertical transport. While...

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Hyperloop

Watch: MIT’s Drones That Fly and Drive

01 July 2017 || 1 min read

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab demonstrated its prototype for an urban transportation network using drones that switch between driving and flying to maximize battery life, speed, and efficiency. The demo had a scaled-down model of a city block with eight quadcopter drones seamlessly navigating from one point to another. MIT imagines a full network can theoretically work with...

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The atmosphere is ripening for flying cars, including advancements in energy storage, electric motors, public acceptance, and regulatory environment. Companies like Uber, Airbus, E-Volo, Lilium Aviation and many others are all trying to get into the (air)space. Originally designed as cars with wings, prototypes are taking the form of small vehicles that take off and land vertically (VTOL) for short...

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Considerations of Flying Cars in India

25 June 2017 || 1 min read

The Problem: A 25-mile commute in Delhi takes an average of 3 hours. A Solution: Flying cars enable Indian urbanites to fly over traffic jams, saving potentially millions of hours of productivity per day. Uber Elevate imagines a network of small e-VTOL vehicles that can quickly pick up and drop off passengers at certain locations, cutting hour-long commute times to...

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