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Articles tagged “flying cars”

Porsche and Boeing Partner to Create Electric Flying Cars

Porsche and Boeing Partner to Create Electric Flying Cars

Christoph Rauwald and Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg

The ultra wealthy are basically the only market for urban air vehicles at this point, so it makes sense Porsche wants to get in on it. Even then, with all the legal hurdles involved, this probably won't be available for years to come.

6 months ago

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Saudi Prince’s $500 Billion Megacity of the Future Is Under Way

Vivian Nereim and Donna Abu-Nasr, Bloomberg

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has quite the grand vision of a city-state powered by the internet of things, a destination that will feature state-of-the-art resorts and robots. Development has slowly begun, but what with political and investment challenges, we're not holding our breath for this to be a completed reality anytime soon.

8 months ago

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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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.

2 years 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?

2 years ago