Articles tagged “flying cars”

Analysts Expect Increased Interest in Flying Cars

Analysts Expect Increased Interest in Flying Cars

Esha Dey, Bloomberg

Flying cars present even more knotty technological and legal problems than automated cars. Building an autonomous drone that can fit a person inside and fly long distances is quite difficult; it will likely be decades before they hit the mainstream.

5 months ago

Air New Zealand Will Make a Push Into Electric Air Taxis

Air New Zealand Will Make a Push Into Electric Air Taxis

Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg

We don't know much about what Air New Zealand plans to do with these electric taxis. But it's an intriguing idea, and a good start for a promising new technology.

7 months ago

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Japan Is Joining the Crowded Race to Develop Flying Cars

Ma Jie and Kiyotaka Matsuda, Bloomberg

Japan is jumping into the flying car quest a little late, but its multifaceted approach seems sound. Still, as we've pointed out in the past, in the near term this solution is unlikely to be useful for the masses.

9 months ago

Boeing’s New Business Unit Chases Future Air Travel Technologies

Boeing’s New Business Unit Chases Future Air Travel Technologies

Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

The movie Blade Runner 2049 includes only a few flying cars. Does their absence reflect problems? Questions of safety and price are also relevant to Boeing's new business unit Next as it develops flying cars in concert with outside vendors.

10 months ago

How One Entrepreneur Plans to Turn Planes Into Trains … and Vice Versa

How One Entrepreneur Plans to Turn Planes Into Trains … and Vice Versa

Ania Nussbaum and Marie Mawad, Bloomberg

Yes, the project sounds farfetched and it will probably never take off in the stated form, but the idea that planes "need to become more efficient, less polluting, and less noisy” is totally correct.

11 months ago

Germany Is About to Give Flying Taxis a Try

Germany Is About to Give Flying Taxis a Try

Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

It makes sense for Germany to get involved in the flying car sector. As we've pointed out, the technology is advancing but still far away from providing a solution to transportation woes around the world.

11 months ago

Flying Cars Are Coming But Jetpacks May Remain a Dream

Flying Cars Are Coming But Jetpacks May Remain a Dream

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Boeing launched a contest to explore new jetpack concepts but ended up with a bunch of motorcycles with propellers instead. This is just more evidence that the burgeoning field of flying vehicles probably won't end up looking like what many expect.

11 months ago

Google’s Larry Page Invests in Flying Cars or Should We Just Call Them Helicopters

Google’s Larry Page Invests in Flying Cars or Should We Just Call Them Helicopters

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Today's flying car is basically a helicopter — when was the last time helicopter startups, including Blade or Voom, really disrupted transportation? We're just not that interested in how the royalty of Manhattan gets to JFK in four minutes.

1 year ago

Boeing Hops on the Flying Car Bandwagon

Boeing Hops on the Flying Car Bandwagon

Julie Johnsson and Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Boeing and Airbus are dueling over the still-nascent flying car market, although there is a good chance an upstart based in Asia could produce the first vehicle to achieve widespread success across the world.

1 year ago

Uber CEO Expects Flying Cars Within a Decade

Uber CEO Expects Flying Cars Within a Decade

Stefan Nicola and Oliver Sachgau, Bloomberg

Uber would like to repeats its ridesharing success in the skies by owning distribution of flying car rides, whenever the technology actually emerges. Will Uber really be around in a decade, though?

1 year ago

Taxi Drones Could Take Flight in Dubai in 2018

Taxi Drones Could Take Flight in Dubai in 2018

Tom Mackenzie, Bloomberg

Next great startup idea? Drone phobia classes for reluctant flying car passengers in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, EHang's hoped-for initial markets. There have definitely been worse startup ideas.

1 year ago

Chinese Companies Are Now Investing in Flying Car Technology

Chinese Companies Are Now Investing in Flying Car Technology

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

While places like Dubai have spurred the most innovation so far, the path to mainstream flying car adoption may well run through China if its government and companies continue to invest in the sector.

2 years ago