Flying Car

  • Artist's impression of Uber Air service

    Uber hopes to have its flying taxi service in operation by 2023.

  • Airbus Vahana autonomous drone
    Step inside the Airbus autonomous drone

    Add Airbus as one of dozens of companies working to bring autonomous flying taxis to life. The company has been working on its prototype Vahana autonomous drone for awhile now, but on Monday the firm revealed the first pictures of the vehicle's cockpit. What's neat is this is actually the second...

  • First flying car skyport in Miami, Florida
    Miami will soon be home to world's first flying car skyport

    While flying cars aren't expected to arrive anytime soon, one Miami real estate developer is preparing for the future. Even if flying cars never actually show up. Local Miami news station WSVN 7 reported last Friday that a new residential building under construction will feature a flying car...

  • Goodyear Aero tire concept for flying cars
    Goodyear creates concept tires that can act as propellers for flying cars

    If the future does, in fact, include flying cars as a new sort of transportation method, it's best to have equipment that can handle both roads and flight. Goodyear is aiming to solve this problem with a new concept tire it debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this week. It's called...

  • Boeing autonomous passenger air vehicle
    Boeing successfully completes first test flight for autonomous 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...

  • 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

    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 vehicle tested was 1:4 scale model. Audi said a full-scale model could be ready as soon as next decade. The Pop.Up combines two vehicles in one: a self-driving electric car for the streets and an automated flying taxi module for the sky. The idea is passengers remain inside the cabin while driving, and...

  • 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
    Oregon's Samson Sky says it has 800 reservations for 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...

  • 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

    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 to develop a vehicle able to meet the requirements for the FAA’s Light Sport Aircraft classification and double as a practical road car. (A pilot’s license for Light Sport Aircraft is relatively simple and inexpensive to obtain, as it requires only 20 hours of logged flight time.) That...

  • 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 plans to build its flying taxis in France

    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...

  • 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

    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 to market. One of the major hurdles, however, is an infrastructure that's not yet geared toward automated electronic drone passenger transport. According to Volocopter, the initial flight path toward autonomous drone conveyance revolves around short hops and urban environments. We're talking about...

  • 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
    Porsche interested in producing flying taxi?

    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...

  • 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...

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