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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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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

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

Electric aircraft will become a standard earlier than expected, said Siemens vice president of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion Terry Hamlin at the Siemens Innovation Day, held in Chicago, Il. Siemens is working alongside Rolls-Royce and Airbus on a regional airplane, dubbed the “eFan”. Hamlin stated that “Siemens believes the aviation industry is on the verge of a major shift in...

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16-fan Joby Aircraft Concept

Volocopter may be the new alternative to the flying car – and it has flight tests under its belt to prove it. The 16-rotor manned eVTOL aircraft (dubbed the VC200) is built by German manufacturer Volocopter and tested in Karlsruhe. The VC200 is estimated to fly at an altitude of around 2km with payloads of up to 450kg. The Volocopter VC200...

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Volocopter Flying Taxi

Udacity is planning to offer students a virtual-reality flying car experience geared toward “systems thinking, fleet management, and smart city planning”. The programming will include “Udacity Universe” which allows students to control their flying cars and taxis in a virtual environment. This virtual environment even simulates people and objects for added realism. Why it’s important: Udacity has been a leader of free...

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Concept Flying Car

Helicopter charter company Blade has raised $38 million to build flying taxi infrastructure from Airbus and Real Estate Investment firm Colony NorthStar. The Series B fundraising also included Lerer Hippeau Ventures and LionTree Ventures. The funds raised in the Series B round will be used to construct “vertiports” which are similar to helipads, but designed for flying taxis. Blade and Airbus are...

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Airbus Ride Concept

Bell Helicopters has stated that their new concept eVTOL flying taxi should enter the personal urban transportation market by 2025. While Bell showcased an image of its four-place passenger pod, no hints of a planned propulsion system have been released to date. Bell’s entry to the flying car market marks yet another instance of an aerospace company entering the lucrative...

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Bell Concept Flying Car

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

Uber and Embraer announced a partnership in May to bring flying taxis to market by 2024, and recently at South by Southwest in Austin, TX they jointly issued a statement that their estimate has been advanced to 2023. Uber confirmed that the planned autonomous flying taxi would travel at 150 miles per hour, six times faster than the 25 mph...

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Airis Aerospace Launches Concept Flying Taxi

15 March 2018 || 1 min read

Bermuda-based Airis Aerospace announced its concept all-electric eVTOL that intends on seating five passengers recently. The concept eVTOL has performance goals of transporting five people up to 200 miles at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour by using “dual coaxial lift fans and eight articulating thrusters for winged flight”. Airis also stated that their concept will include ballistic...

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Airis Aerospace Concept

Watch: Kittyhawk Announces Sister Brand Cora

13 March 2018 || 1 min read

Larry Page backed Kittyhawk Aero recently announced a sister brand, Cora, that intends on producing an “everyday air taxi”. Cora is currently working with the New Zealand government on manufacturing the vehicle and flight tests have already taken place. The timeline for entry to service is “somewhere around five years” said Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun – but that could...

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Kittyhawk Cora

A team of faculty, students, and staff from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, along with FAA regulators and Volans-i UAS systems engineers helped support the longest range UAV package delivery in the United States to date in Austin, TX. Team Roadrunner, as they were called, “consisted of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site (Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems), Volans-i UAS, Latitude UAS,...

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Porsche May Enter Flying Car Market

05 March 2018 || 1 min read

5 March 2018 || 1 min read Porsche’s Sales Chief Detlev von Platen stated in an interview with German magazine Automobilewoche that Porsche is considering the development of a flying passenger vehicle. The vehicle is intended on being operated by passengers and does not require a pilot’s license, since most operations would be automated. von Platen also noted that he’d...

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3 March 2018 || 1 min read The Boeing Co.’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg commented “I think it will happen faster than any of us understand” when asked about the time frame for commercialized air taxis and autonomous urban VTOL transports. Boeing’s recent acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences now means that Boeing owns stake in Uber’s Elevate Initiative since Aurora Flight Sciences...

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Aurora Flight Sciences eVTOL