The atmosphere is ripening for flying cars, including advancements in energy storage, electric motors, public acceptance, and regulatory environment. Companies like Uber, Airbus, E-Volo, Lilium Aviation and many others are all trying to get into the (air)space. Originally designed as cars with wings, prototypes are taking the form of small vehicles that take off and land vertically (VTOL) for short commutes through the air. Trials for some of these vehicles start as early at the end of this year and may begin sales within five years. However, a lot of work needs to be done by the industry to prove the technology, work with air-traffic-management regulators, and figure out how to effectively refuel and maintain these vehicles to keep them in the air.
- WSJ Article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-flying-car-may-be-getting-off-the-ground-1498010760
- Flying Taxis Video: http://www.transportup.com/headlines-breaking-news/watch-three-companies-trying-to-be-your-flying-taxi/