Flying Car

  • Goodyear Aero tire concept 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 the Aero. The concept tire serves two purposes. The first is to ensure the flying car can still drive on regular roads, while the second turns the Aero tires into "propellers" when the car is ready for take off. The concept imagines that flying cars will take the shape of vertical take-off and...

  • 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
    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

    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 car and a "method of transitioning the vehicle from a land mode to a flight mode." Toyota's basic idea is for a flying car with wheels attached to spaced arms. When the car is ready to take flight, the arms extend upward and the wheels spin to reveal rotors. The rotors spin like any typical helicopter...

  • 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
    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

    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 Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, showed us a prototype for the single-seat, multicopter flying machine in 2017. The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour. Numerous sensors...

  • 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
    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

    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 of the Pop.Up concept unveiled by Airbus and Italdesign one year ago. The latest version of the concept adds self-driving capability on the ground using technology Audi is developing for its own self-driving cars of the future. Audi is also the parent of Italdesign within the Volkswagen Group. The...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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