1 March 2018 || 1 min read Uber announced that its second-annual Elevate Project summit will occur on May 8 and 9 at LA’s Skirball Center. The invite-only event is intended to address three main challenges that UberAir has identified as critical to success of their air-sharing proposal: “Vehicles, Batteries, and Technologies”, “Airspace and Enabling Operations”, and “Moving Cities”. The...

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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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Watch: Kitty Hawk Flight Test

25 June 2017 || 1 min read

March 2017 || 1 min read The Kitty Hawk Flyer is an all-electric aircraft backed by Google founder Larry Page. It is designed to fly over water with a range of 50 miles or 20 minutes of flight time. It doesn’t require a pilot’s license and takes minutes to learn how to fly. The vehicle will be available for purchase...

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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...

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The Airbus Vahana, the Volocopter, and Urban Aeronautics Ltd.’s Cormorant are three VTOL’s trying to gain approval to be used in flying taxi services. The main challenge these companies face is overcoming regulatory approval to fly vehicles in densely-packed cities. Vahana Self-flying, seats one passenger. Range: 31 miles Price: $250/hour Timeline: Trials start before 2017 year-end. In service by 2021....

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22 June 2017 || 1 min read AeroMobil presented its $1.6 million flying car at the Paris Air Show last week. The 26-foot wings and propeller fold into the body when on the road. Consumer sales begin in 2020. Vehicle Details Max Range: 465 miles Max Speed: 100 mph Price: $1.6 million Related Links: CNet Article: https://www.cnet.com/news/flying-car-aeromobil/

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Considerations of Flying Cars in India

25 June 2017 || 1 min read

The Problem: A 25-mile commute in Delhi takes an average of 3 hours. A Solution: Flying cars enable Indian urbanites to fly over traffic jams, saving potentially millions of hours of productivity per day. Uber Elevate imagines a network of small e-VTOL vehicles that can quickly pick up and drop off passengers at certain locations, cutting hour-long commute times to...

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Boeing plans to start testing self-flying airplanes using artificial intelligence to automate actions normally done by humans. The company plans to use the same cockpit simulators used in pilot training programs to test the technology this summer before attempting real flight next year. Airbus, Boeing’s competitor, is testing a prototype of an autonomous flying taxi later this year. Planes can...

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