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AirspaceX MOBi-ONE Autonomous Electric Flying Vehicle Lands In Detroit 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Electric Vehicles, Flying Cars, video on 01 15th, 2018


AirSpaceX has used the North American International Auto Show to unveil a scale model of its upcoming vertical take-off and landing aircraft called the MOBi-ONE.

Designed and built by the Detroit Aircraft Corporation, the MOBi-ONE is billed as an electric and autonomous flying vehicle which can take-off and land like a helicopter but fly like a plane.

The MOBi-ONE is designed to transport passengers and cargo between airports and urban centers which are within 60 miles (96 km) of each other. The aircraft will reportedly be able to hit speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) and carry up to four passengers as well as 100 kg (220 lbs) of cargo.

AirspaceX also suggests the MOBi-ONE will have three different modules including ones for flight, payload, and ground transportation. That latter module could be used to transform the model into a flying car but little is known about it.

In a statement, Detroit Aircraft and AirSpaceX founder Jon Rimanelli said “MOBi-ONE will offer clean, quiet, and connected on-demand air mobility to the mass traveling public at an affordable price.” He says this is possible because the company will mass produce the model using “lean automotive design and mass production techniques.”

If everything goes according to plan, the company will deploy 2,500 aircraft in the nation’s 50 largest cities by 2026.

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Happy New Year From The Future, A Thousand Years From Now! 1
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, Flying Cars, Offbeat News, Renderings, Trucks on 01 1st, 2018


If we were to take a modern-day Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, give it a retro-futuristic look and slap it with a hover conversion like in Back to the Future, it could end up looking somewhat like this.

This study was drawn up by artist Slava Bondarenko and it’s simply titled ‘Happy New Year 3018’. While it would probably take us a lot less than 1,000 years to build this type of truck in large numbers, we do understand the idea behind it.

The original Coca-Cola Christmas Trucks first graced our TV screens more than 20 years ago in the winter of 1995. Tasked with making the trucks stand out on-screen was famous special effects company Industrial Light and Magic, founded in 1975 by George Lucas himself as part of Lucasfilm. They were also the ones responsible with bringing the Star Wars universe to life.

Of course, those of you who still get to see the so-called “Christmas Caravan” drive through your town every year, probably noticed that the trucks aren’t as well lit in reality as they appear to be on-screen.

Future tech would definitely prove helpful in that department.



Lazzarini Design Imagines An Isotta Retro Flying Car 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Flying Cars, video on 12 19th, 2017


Italian coachbuilder Lazzarini Design has dreamt up a retro flying car inspired by the 1920’s Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8.

Lazzarini’s crazy creation consists of four turbine engines that would allow for vertical take-off and landing, while also providing enough thrust to reach a hypothetical top speed of over 342 mph (550 km).

Unlike most flying cars, the Lazzarini doesn’t actually feature wheels. Instead, it can be used as a hovercraft when the owner wants to explore the world from ground level. To ensure the flying car is up to the rigours of everyday use, it would be constructed from light and strong carbon fiber.

Such a vehicle will never see the light of day but it is interesting to see a novel take on the flying car.

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Aussie Startup Wants To Create A Flying Car Racing Series By 2020 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Flying Cars, racing, Reports, Tech on 12 16th, 2017


An Australian startup has taken to Kickstarter to reveal its plans for a flying car demonstration race and, eventually, a world championship.

The company, Alauda Racing, has created a prototype of its ‘flying car’, which in reality is just a large quadcopter designed to fit a person. Dubbed the Alauda Mark 1 Airspeeder, the startup says it will begin testing in the next few months ahead of a proposed demonstration race in an unnamed desert in the middle of 2018.

The two Airspeeders that will take part in this demonstration race will be unmanned, but by 2020, the firm hopes to kick off the ‘Airspeeder World Championship’ with human pilots.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign had raised $4259 AUD ($3222) of a $100,000 ($75,653) goal, with the campaign running through until January 11, 2018.

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Aussie Startup Wants To Create A Flying Car Racing Series By 2020 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Flying Cars, racing, Reports, Tech on 12 16th, 2017


An Australian startup has taken to Kickstarter to reveal its plans for a flying car demonstration race and, eventually, a world championship.

The company, Alauda Racing, has created a prototype of its ‘flying car’, which in reality is just a large quadcopter designed to fit a person. Dubbed the Alauda Mark 1 Airspeeder, the startup says it will begin testing in the next few months ahead of a proposed demonstration race in an unnamed desert in the middle of 2018.

The two Airspeeders that will take part in this demonstration race will be unmanned, but by 2020, the firm hopes to kick off the ‘Airspeeder World Championship’ with human pilots.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign had raised $4259 AUD ($3222) of a $100,000 ($75,653) goal, with the campaign running through until January 11, 2018.

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Take A Closer Look At GTA’s Back To The Future-Inspired Deluxo 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Delorean, Film, Flying Cars, Games, GTA, video on 12 16th, 2017


If you’re a fan of GTA Online and/or have been watching this space lately, you’ll recognize the Deluxo, which takes after the famous flying DeLorean from Back to the Future and is available via Doomsday Heist’s DLC.

As you can see in this short montage put together by IGN, you can drive the Deluxo, you can hover with it just above the road, or you can go flying as you would in any aircraft available in the game.

In case you’re thinking that a flying car is in no way better than a plane or a helicopter, consider that landing a helicopter in GTA requires a bit of maneuvering around, while planes need an airstrip (ideally) and, of course, you have to stick the landing.

So being able to take off and land seamlessly using a car is definitely the most efficient way of getting from A to B while playing the game. And to make things more interesting, the Deluxo is equipped with missiles, so it’s got offensive capabilities, too – although there are no scenes showing it doubling as a submarine, which it is supposedly able to do.

The only thing it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is go back in time like the movies’ DeLorean, which could come in handy while playing an action-packed video game like Grand Theft Auto.

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Take A Closer Look At GTA’s Back To The Future-Inspired Deluxo 16
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Delorean, Film, Flying Cars, Games, GTA, video on 12 16th, 2017


If you’re a fan of GTA Online and/or have been watching this space lately, you’ll recognize the Deluxo, which takes after the famous flying DeLorean from Back to the Future and is available via Doomsday Heist’s DLC.

As you can see in this short montage put together by IGN, you can drive the Deluxo, you can hover with it just above the road, or you can go flying as you would in any aircraft available in the game.

In case you’re thinking that a flying car is in no way better than a plane or a helicopter, consider that landing a helicopter in GTA requires a bit of maneuvering around, while planes need an airstrip (ideally) and, of course, you have to stick the landing.

So being able to take off and land seamlessly using a car is definitely the most efficient way of getting from A to B while playing the game. And to make things more interesting, the Deluxo is equipped with missiles, so it’s got offensive capabilities, too – although there are no scenes showing it doubling as a submarine, which it is supposedly able to do.

The only thing it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is go back in time like the movies’ DeLorean, which could come in handy while playing an action-packed video game like Grand Theft Auto.

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Samson Switchblade Flying Car Wants To Be The Future Of Transport 15
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Flying Cars, Reports, video on 12 15th, 2017


A small company based in Oregon dubbed Samson Motors has just previewed the upcoming flying sports car it intends on launching in 2018.

The Samson Switchblade features three-wheels and is powered by a liquid-cooled 1.6-liter V4 engine with 190 hp, driving a large propeller at the rear. The company claims that the Switchblade will be capable of reaching 200 mph in the air and have a cruising altitude of 13,000 feet.

When used in flight mode, the Switchblade measures 6.2m long and has a wingspan of 8.2m. It also weighs a mere 794 kg, can reportedly take off in roughly 335m, and will have a range of 450 miles. To use the Switchblade on the road, the wings can be folded away and the tail can be detracted, shrinking the vehicle’s length to 5.1m. Road speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) are allegedly achievable.

Curiously, the vehicle has been given an experimental/homebuilt classification meaning at least 51 per cent of the Switchblade needs to be built by the owner. Yes, you are reading that right. In essence, the Switchblade is a flying kit car. Thankfully, Samson will help customers build the vehicle at a Samson Build Assist Center.

In the event that something goes wrong during a flight, Samson has fitted a large parachute.

The company intends on selling the Switchblade to customers for roughly $120,000. An additional $20,000 will be added to that sum if owners want the help of Samson to build the flying car.

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Russian Firm Is Developing A Flying Sports Car, Promises A Late 2018 Launch 3
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Flying Cars, Russia, Tech on 12 3rd, 2017


Although flying cars are on the verge of becoming a reality, they aren’t exactly what futurists predicted a few decades ago. Rather than looking like a traditional car, they’re generally nothing more than a small aircraft with wings that can fold up and four wheels for use on the street.

Nonetheless, a small Russian company claims to be working on its own flying car and it will actually look like a fairly normal car. The company, Yagalёt, claims that its low-flying sports car will use hovercraft technologies to enable it to effectively float in the air. It might not reach true aircraft heights, but the company says the hover feature will allow it to glide over a range of surfaces, including water.

The design of the vehicle itself is simple and, while it might not be ground-breaking, doesn’t look half bad.

Yagalёt claims it will have a functioning prototype within the next 12 months, which sounds rather ambitious, though non unfeasibles, so we’ll just have to wait and see if they deliver on their promises.

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Geely Jumps On The Flying Car Bandwagon, Buys Terrafugia 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Flying Cars, Geely, Reports on 11 13th, 2017


Following reports earlier this year, Geely has announced it has purchased Terrafugia.

According to Automotive News, Geely confirmed the transaction earlier today and said the purchase was approved by regulators in China as well as the United States. Geely declined to say what it has planned for Terrafugia but the company confirmed the flying car manufacturer will remain based in the United States.

While a number of companies are working towards the development of flying cars, Terrafugia is one of the furthest along and has plans to launch its first model in 2019. The company has already logged hundreds of hours in various prototypes and has been working on the Transition flying car for over eight years.

The Transition is slated to become the company’s first product and Terrafugia says it’s a “folding-wing, two-seat roadable aircraft” that is “designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground.” The model has been designed to fit into a standard single-car garage and it can convert between flight and drive modes in less than a minute.

The flying car will run on premium unleaded automotive gasoline and it will have a cruising range of 400 miles (643 km) at speeds up to 100 mph (160 km/h). On the road, Terrafugia says the model will be capable of driving at “highway speeds.”

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Uber Partners With NASA To Get Flying Taxis In The Air By 2020 8
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Flying Cars, Reports, Tech, Uber on 11 8th, 2017


Uber and NASA have just finalized a deal that should make “on demand aviation” a reality.

The ride-hailing giant hopes to start testing in 2020, with flying taxis getting trial runs in Dubai, Dallas-Forth Worth, as well as Los Angeles. The announcement was made at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon.

Now, the goal is to figure out how to make vertical take-off and landing vehicles that can operate safely while flying at a low altitude. By the way, technically, such a vehicle would be more plane than car.

“UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before. Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies,” said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden.

“Combining Uber’s software engineering expertise with NASA’s decades of airspace experience to tackle this is a crucial step forward for Uber Elevate.”

Earlier this year, Uber contacted authorities in Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth area in order to test its flying taxis in those regions. Now, we’ve learned that the ride-hailing company also plans on performing trial runs in Los Angeles in 2020, aiming to get the service up and running before the 2028 LA Olympics.

“We are bringing uberAIR to Los Angeles in no small part because Mayor Garcetti has embraced technology and innovation, making LA a hub for the future. In this case, technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city’s historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways, whether more leisure time with friends and family or more time to work.”

“At scale, we expect uberAIR will perform tens of thousands of flights each day across the city – at those levels, all the time savings will have a noticeable positive impact on the region’s economy. By the time the Olympics come in 2028, we believe Los Angeles residents will be making heavy use of uberAIR, showcasing one of the most advanced urban transportation systems in the world, and because uberAIR is all-electric from day one, it will have a net positive impact on the environment,” concluded Holden.

As for how much such a trip would cost, Uber expects similar prices to those you get when using UberX. However, there’s obviously no comparison when it comes to journey length.

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If Peugeot Made Flying Cars For The United Federation Of Planets, It Would Look Like This 14
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Flying Cars, PEUGEOT, Peugeot Concepts, Renderings on 10 14th, 2017


Meet the Peugeot Skywalk hybrid concept, a half car, half flying machine that could very well exist in a very distant future.
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Autonomous Volocopter Tests In The Skies Above Dubai 30
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Flying Cars, Tech, video on 09 30th, 2017


A couple of weeks after the Daimler-backed Volocopter was introduced to the automotive press at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the multicopter has taken to the skies above Dubai without a human on board.
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AeroMobil Flying Car Touches Down In Frankfurt 13
Sep
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Flying Cars, Frankfurt-Motor-Show on 09 13th, 2017


AeroMobil has presented its latest flying car at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Daimler-Backed Volocopter Surprises At Frankfurt 13
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Daimler, Flying Cars, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Tech, video on 09 13th, 2017


Shortly after Daimler announced it had invested in aviation startup Volocopter, the intriguing 18-rotor multicopter has been put on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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