Flying Car

  • Boeing autonomous passenger air vehicle

    Boeing has completed the first successful flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) as it looks to compete in a growing space we often call the "flying car" segment. Like so many other machines, Boeing's PAV is a vertical take-off and landing vehicle, or VTOL. The PAV is powered by electric motors that give the vehicle lift like a helicopter, rather than needing space for a runway to deploy. Boeing has not disclosed range or power, however. The test this past Tuesday in Manassas, Virginia, was meant to verify its autonomous and ground control systems. The electric VTOL lifted off...

  • Lilium Jet VTOL concept
    Former McLaren design boss joins Lilium flying taxi startup

    Frank Stephenson shocked many when he stepped down from the lead design role at McLaren in early 2017. It turned out he wanted to apply his design skills in an entirely new segment: flying taxis. The renowned designer, responsible for cars like the McLaren P1 and 650S (and in earlier roles the...

  • Pop.Up Next concept
    Audi successfully tests scale model of its flying taxi

    In March, Audi showed off the Pop.Up Next concept, a flying taxi vehicle designed in partnership between Italdesign and Airbus. On Tuesday, Audi completed the first public test for the futuristic transportation model. The Pop.Up Next prototype took flight at Drone Week in Amsterdam, though the...

  • Terrafugia Transition flying car
    Terrafugia starts taking orders for first flying car

    Terrafugia, the flying car startup company with backing from China's Geely, has begun taking orders for its first flying car. Automotive News Europe (subscription required) reported Tuesday that deliveries of the flying car are expected to begin in 2019. The vehicle, called the Transition, will...

  • Koncepto Milenya passenger drone
    Philippine inventor demonstrates drone that can carry a person

    A former Philippine dancer and camera operator has turned into an inventor as he revealed his drone that actually carries a human being. Kyxz Mendiola has invented a drone that features a cockpit for a single person and multiple propellors similar to those found in smaller drones. Think of it as a...

  • Toyota flying car patent
    New patent emerges for Toyota's flying car

    Toyota last year threw its hat into the ring to build a flying car, and the automaker has since filed to protect a new design of its own. First discovered by AutoGuide, Toyota looks to have filed a patent that shows a "dual mode vehicle." Additionally, the patent covers the wheels for the flying...

  • Samson Switchblade flying car

    Last December, Oregon-based Samson Sky (nee Samson) promised a flying sports car for 2018. The latest news from the company, released last Friday, didn't offer a more specific timeline, but it did share the company has taken 800 reservations for its Switchblade airborne vehicle. The reservations span 24 countries and 46 out of the 50 states in the U. S. The top three states to reserve the Switchblade flying car are California, Florida, and Texas in that order, the company noted. Samson Sky showed off the complete vehicle for the first time at the EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin...

  • Vertical Aerospace single-passenger flying taxi prototype
    Former F1 team owner aims to develop flying taxis within four years

    The idea of the flying taxi is the fever dream of rich entrepreneurs looking to be "first." The latest rich entrepreneur interested in developing the "Jetsons"-like form of transportation? Former Manor Marussia F1 team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick founded Ovo Energy to challenge the...

  • The Terrafugia Transition roadable aircraft
    Terrafugia reveals new details on Transition flying car due in 2019

    America's Terrafugia has provided a few new details on its Transition flying car slated to enter production in 2019. Terrafugia was formed in 2006 by a group of engineers at MIT and was acquired late last year by China's Geely, the parent company of automakers Volvo and Lotus. Terrafugia's goal is...

  • Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept
    Airborne luxury: Aston Martin debuts Volante Vision VTOL Concept

    Aston Martin specializes in building luxury cars, but it recently entered into a partnership to design a submarine. For its next act, the company has taken to the skies. On Monday, Aston Martin revealed the Volante Vision Concept, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle. The British luxury...

  • Pop.Up Next concept
    Germany plans to test Audi-Airbus flying taxi

    At this year's Geneva auto show, Audi joined Airbus and Italdesign to show off the Pop.Up Next concept. But, the flying taxi may not be a concept for long. The German government signed a letter of intent to test the flying taxi in Ingolstadt, Audi's hometown, according to an Engadget report. The...

  • Kitty Hawk Flyer
    Kitty Hawk Flyer ready for production

    As major cities continue to become more crowded, a number of firms, big and small, are in a race to deliver to the market small, low-noise aircraft that can be used to beat the traffic. One of these is America's Kitty Hawk, which on Thursday unveiled the production-ready version of its Flyer. Kitty...

  • Uber flying taxi prototype

    Uber has selected France as the future home for flying taxi production and will invest $23.4 million in the country over the next five years. According to a CNN report on Thursday, the money will be spent to develop the flying taxis. Uber also announced a five-year research partnership with Ecole Polytechnique, a leading French institute of technology, presumably to aid in the research and development of the electric vertical takeoff and landing craft. The report said the ride-hailing company will also open a new research and development center in Paris. The facility will be Uber's first hub...

  • Uber flying taxi prototype
    Uber shows off its new flying taxi prototype

    Uber is dead set on bringing its ride-hailing service to the skies, and the company showed off its latest flying taxi prototype on Tuesday. The prototype bowed ahead of Uber's Elevate conference, which will bring the aviation, real estate, and infrastructure industries together with government...

  • This is the Volocopter vision of the future
    Volocopter needs improved infrastructure to see its autonomous drones take off

    The promise of flying cars has been replaced with the vision of autonomous drones. Neither one is a reality at the moment, but Volocopter is determined to make the latter come to fruition. With the backing of Daimler, it at least has the resources available to work out a way to bring such a concept...

  • Kitty Hawk Cora flying taxi
    Google founder Larry Page's flying taxi takes flight

    Many companies have made a splash in the flying car or airborne taxi industry, which has only just begun to earn its wings (pun intended). Now it turns out Google founder Larry Page has been working on his own flying taxi, largely in secret and away from any press coverage. Apparently that means...

  • Pal-V Liberty
    Pal-V Liberty flying car debuts in Geneva, starts at $400,000

    Dutch firm Pal-V is almost ready to take to the skies. The company this week unveiled its first product, a flying car called the Pal-V Liberty, at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The Pal-V Liberty packs an internal combustion engine delivering 100 horsepower, which should be enough for a...

  • Pop.Up Next concept
    Audi joins Italdesign and Airbus on Pop.Up autonomous flying car project

    First Porsche expressed interest in a flying taxi, and now Audi has partnered with Airbus and Italdesign to bring a self-driving car with flying drone capabilities to life. Together, the companies presented the Pop.Up Next concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show this week, an evolution...

  • 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Aug 2017

    Today, Porsche sports cars. Tomorrow, Porsche electric cars. But is a flying taxi in the brand's future? The brand's sales chief Detlev von Platen believes there might be a market. The executive told the German publication Automobilwoche in a report published last Saturday that a flying passenger vehicle "would really make sense." "If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes," von Platen said. Many companies have tossed their hat into the ring to build a flying taxi...

  • Bell Helicopter air taxi concept at 2018 CES
    Bell Helicopter debuts futuristic air taxi at CES

    Aside from the numerous vehicle concepts and futuristic cockpit designs at the Consumer Electronics Show, the Las Vegas tech show also played host to the very first helicopter debut. Bell Helicopter revealed its futuristic air taxi concept with a cabin tailored to personalize the user experience...

  • Lazzarini Design flying hover car concept
    Italian firm Lazzarini Design shows retro flying car concept

    Most flying car concepts we've seen don't bear much resemblance to the traditional automobile. Instead, they forge a path forward with futuristic design and new ideas. Italian firm Lazzarini Design has bucked the trend with its conceptual flying car based on a 1920s Italian luxury vehicle. The...

  • Samson Switchblade flying car
    Oregon-based Samson promises "flying sports car" for next year

    If Oregon-based Samson sticks to its timeline, there will be a real flying car on sale next year. Samson revealed the Switchblade Wednesday and promises the functionality of a regular car and the ability to take off and fly in one package. The company's creation is a three-wheel vehicle with a...

  • Alauda Racing flying car racing series
    The sky's the limit: flying car racing series under development

    Australia bid goodbye to local automobile manufacturing this past October as the final Holden Commodore rolled off the assembly line, but perhaps the country will be at the forefront of another transportation sector: flying cars. One Aussie's idea isn't an unmanned transportation pod, however...

  • Terrafugia TF-X
    Terrafugia sold to Geely, promises flying car by 2019

    Zhejiang Geely, the Chinese holding company that controls the Volvo, Lynk & Co., Geely and Lotus brands, announced on Monday plans to fully acquire American flying car startup Terrafugia. Terrafugia, based in Boston, Massachusetts, became one of the first firms in the flying car space when it...

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