AeroMobil Unveils 5.0 VTOL Concept Flying Car

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 …

Japanese Government Launches Flying Car Study

The Japanese Economic, Trade and Industry Ministry began studies on Monday to examine putting flying cars to practical use. An advisory panel will conduct discussions on integrating flying cars to the current transportation network and develop a roadmap for their application by 2020. Additionally, the ministry intends to facilitate public-private cooperation to overcome any of …

Bell Targets 2025 Entry to Market of their Flying Taxi

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 …

Dufour Aerospace Unveils aEro2; Continues Advancement of Electric Propulsion Systems

The Swiss-based team that brought the aEro1 electric aerobatic aircraft demonstrator to fruition has recently unveiled its plans for the aEro2. The aEro2 is claimed to be a two-seat tilt wing configuration with range of up to 120km (75 miles) on purely electric power. With a backup Auxiliary Power Unit, the aEro2 may fly as …

Uber and Embraer Partner to Bring Flying Taxis to Market by 2023

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 …

Airis Aerospace Launches Concept Flying Taxi

Bermuda-based Airis Aerospace announced its concept all-electric eVTOL that intends on seating five passengers recently. The concept eVTOL has performance goals of transporting five people up to 200 miles at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour by using “dual coaxial lift fans and eight articulating thrusters for winged flight”. Airis also stated that …

Watch: Kittyhawk Announces Sister Brand Cora

Larry Page backed Kittyhawk Aero recently announced a sister brand, Cora, that intends on producing an “everyday air taxi”. Cora is currently working with the New Zealand government on manufacturing the vehicle and flight tests have already taken place. The timeline for entry to service is “somewhere around five years” said Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian …

Embry-Riddle Supports Record-Breaking UAV Package Delivery

A team of faculty, students, and staff from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, along with FAA regulators and Volans-i UAS systems engineers helped support the longest range UAV package delivery in the United States to date in Austin, TX. Team Roadrunner, as they were called, “consisted of the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site (Nevada Institute for Autonomous …

Audi joins Porsche in Pool of Automakers Involved in eVTOL Transport

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 …

Hyperloop and Flying Cars Heighten Competition for “Next Big Thing” in Transportation

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Elon Musk last week made a buzz on Twitter after Khosrowshahi posed the question “why do you need to dig tunnels when you can fly”? Musk quipped back with his response, citing the potential noise and downwash generated from eVTOL’s propellors as reason enough to pursue the Hyperloop project in …

Pal-V Unveils Flying Car at Geneva Auto Show

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. …

Porsche May Enter Flying Car Market

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 …

CEO Dennis Muilenburg Comments on Boeing’s Entry to eVTOL Market

3 March 2018 || 1 min read The Boeing Co.’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg commented “I think it will happen faster than any of us understand” when asked about the time frame for commercialized air taxis and autonomous urban VTOL transports. Boeing’s recent acquisition of Aurora Flight Sciences now means that Boeing owns stake in Uber’s Elevate …

Airbus Eyes $15 Million Investment in Helicopter Charter Company Blade

2 March 2018 || 1 min read Airbus recently disclosed that it may invest up to $15 million dollars in the helicopter and aircraft chartering service Blade for a reported 10 percent share of equity, according to persons familiar with the transaction. The investment may be an effort to acquire expertise into the helicopter-hailing app that …

Uber to Host 2018 Elevate Summit in Los Angeles

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 …