Category: Vehicles/Manufactures

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

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

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

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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Lilium Aft Image

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

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

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

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

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