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 online courses for some time, but including VR content in the flying car and taxi industry now allows students to first-hand experience some of the operational challenges of implementing eVTOL systems. Additionally, the benefits of “bigthink” (Udacity encouraging systems thinking, city planning, and fleet management) will encourage discussions of the total eVTOL industry’s integration to our current infrastructure.