Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

Hangzhou, China – based Geely Automotive may seem to be just another well-performing car manufacturer. In reality, their stake and exposure to the flying car market is much stronger and more developed than many automakers. Having posted growth in 2017 of 108%, Geely is expanding extremely rapidly, and a number of acquisitions have accompanied this expansion. First, it was the...

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AeroMobil Unveils 5.0 VTOL Concept Flying Car

21 March 2018 || 2 min read

Slovakian AeroMobil unveiled plans for their flying car (dubbed the 5.0 VTOL) Wednesday, which intends to take off vertically using tilt-rotors and then transition to forward moving flight. The 5.0 VTOL can also drive on roads, thanks to its conventional automotive chassis arrangement. Here’s an artist’s rendering of the 5.0: The 5.0 is the successor to the 3.0 STOL and...

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AeroMobil 4.0 VTOL 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

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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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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Pal-V Unveils Flying Car at Geneva Auto Show

06 March 2018 || 1 min read

The Dutch Company Pal-V launched its flying car at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show on press day, marking yet another entry into the personal vertical transportation field. The Pal-V is configured as a three-wheeled, two-seat gyroplane and car combination that Pal-V CEO Robert Dingemanse thinks will change the way people think about personal transportation. Estimates state that the Pal-V...

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Pal-V Flying Car

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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First Flight: Airbus Vahana

28 February 2018 || 1 min read

Airbus A^3 Ventures Vahana made its first flight on February 1st at Pendleton UAS. The flight lasted for 53 seconds, and the aircraft reached a height of 16 meters before descending back to the ground safely. Vahana’s aim is to capture the single passenger eVTOL market in partnership with their new California-based motor supplier, MAGicALL. Video of First Flight is...

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27 February 2018 || 1 min read Ghuangzhou-based eVTOL firm Ehang recently conducted first flight testing of its Ehang 184 aircraft and released footage of government officials and passengers being flown autonomously in the 2 seat AAV. The drone’s simplistic flight operation procedures are being touted as a vital asset to the future sales success of Ehang. For instance, a...

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26 Feb 2018 || 1 min read Startup Air-Taxi company Joby Aviation has raised $100 million in funding from a number of investors including Toyota, JetBlue, and Intel during their latest Seed B fundraising round. This effort brings Joby to $130 million in total funding for their air-taxi project, which intends to fly 5 passengers as far as 150 miles...

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Mohyi Labs is working on bladeless propulsion technology that uses “ducted counter-vortex radial impeller technology” to manipulate air using waves instead of blades. Centrifugal force pushes air radially and is converted into thrust. This approach is more energy efficient and safer in densely-packed areas, providing a solution to two of the largest problems with flying cars. The company claims the...

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This year’s Paris Air Show unveiled a number of flying cars that are painting a clearer picture for the future. Many vehicles have release dates within the next few years with some already taking reservations. The AeroMobil Flying Car has retractable wings and is set for production by 2020 with a price tag of $1.8 million. The PAL-V Liberty is...

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Workhorse SureFly Personal VTOL Revealed

01 July 2017 || 1 min read

Revealed at the Paris Airshow, the Workhorse Group’s SureFly personal VTOL offers simple and safe flying for a pilot and one passenger. The vehicle looks like a helicopter and uses four propeller arms with two fixed contra-rotating propellers each arm. It is powered by a gas combustion engine with lithium-ion batteries to reduce the need to recharge but to have...

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Unconventional eVTOL Designs

01 July 2017 || 2 min read

Flying car manufacturers are taking interesting approaches to propulsion technology to solve the problem of personal aviation. Neva Aerospace’s AirQuadOne and DeLorean Aerospace’s DR-7 are two examples of such vehicles. Neva Aerospace AirQuadOne: The AirQuadOne uses 20 ducted fans to provide distributed thrust for vertical flight of a single passenger. Fore and aft pairs of large fans and two rows of...

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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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