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Blade Runner 2020? Uber Wants to Launch Flying Cars Over L.A.

Pilot for new service would debut by end of decade.

by on Nov.08, 2017

Uber wants to begin testing its flying cars for its Uber Elevate in Los Angeles in 2020.

When it comes to dealing with the city’s crowded streets, Los Angelenos have to hope that science fiction will soon become an everyday reality.

The recent release of the movie “Blade Runner 2049″ anticipates a day when the skies over L.A. are filled with flying cars. But if Uber has its way, that could happen a lot sooner. The nation’s ride-sharing giant wants to begin test flights of a prototype flying car in Los Angeles in 2020 and hopes to put it into commercial service by 2028.

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“Technology will allow L.A. residents to literally fly over the city’s historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways,” Uber Chief Technology Officer Jeff Holden said during a tech conference in Lisbon today. “At scale, we expect UberAir will perform tens of thousands of flights each day across the city.” (more…)

Toyota Lends a Hand to Flying Car Project

Japanese automaker puts up $353,000 for group.

by on May.15, 2017

Toyota has put up $353,000 to help fund the Cartivator, a flying car concept being developed by a group of employees.

Toyota Motor is putting up $353,000 to help a group of young employees to develop a flying car.

The project, led by a group called Cartivator, started in 2012 when project leader Tsubasa Nakamura and some employees began volunteering their time for the project. The group now has more than 30 members.

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Drone technology is being used to power the three-wheeled prototypes, which measure just nine-and-a-half feet by four feet, and have a projected top speed of 62 mph, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. (more…)

Terrafugia Wants to Build Flying Plug-in Hybrid

Computer controlled, concept would require as little as 5 hours training to fly.

by on Apr.29, 2014

The Terrafugia TF-X would travel 500 miles on a plug-in hybrid power train. However, it's not likely to be ready for another decade.

Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction, though plenty of entrepreneurs and visionaries have struggled to make the concept a reality – including no less than the original Henry Ford.

Several projects are now underway and one, started by a group of MIT alumni, is rapidly working its way towards reality. But the former college cronies apparently are dreaming about taking their original Transition flying car a giant leap further into the wild blue yonder with an even more advanced design they’ve dubbed the TF-X.

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To start with, the four-seater would be capable of vertical take-offs and landings. And since it would largely be controlled by a central computer network, the TF-X would, claims a Terrafugia promotional video, require a pilot/driver to have as little as five hours of training, a slight fraction of what it now takes to get the most basic private pilot’s license. (more…)

Flying Car Takes Another Step Toward Reality

Aeromobil 2.5 shows progress toward “Jetsons” lifestyle.

by on Nov.05, 2013

Aeromobil 2.5 uses carbon fiber wings and a Rotax engine to power it on the ground and in the air.

Every few years, an inventor gets the public a little closer what was once envisioned by Henry Ford: a flying car.

“Mark my word: a combination airplane and motor car is coming. You may smile, but it’s coming,” Ford is often quoted as saying later in his life.

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The latest iteration is Aeromobil, the brainchild of Slovakian engineer Stefan Klein. Actually, Klein recently rolled out version 2.5 of the vehicle and is already working on 3.0. (more…)