Category: Featured

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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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

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

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

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