Posts by Dave Clarke

NASA and Uber Connect to Develop Flying Car Network

As part of NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) project, the government agency has partnered with ridesharing firm, Uber, to study the development of a traffic network to facilitate flying cars. Focused on low-flying personal and public vehicles as well as package-delivery drones, the UAM seeks ways to manage the logistics of handling VTOL vehicles as…

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Vertical Aerospace Seraph

Vertical Aerospace Readies for Takeoff

There are approximately 200 enterprises worldwide working on developing the world’s first eVTOL. Only a fraction of those have prototypes – working prototypes – so far. Vertical Aerospace, based in Bristol, UK, is one of those organizations with something tangible and functional to demonstrate today. To be sure, Vertical Aerospace’s current eVTOL, dubbed “Seraph,” has…

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Porsche Partners with Boeing to Lift eVTOLs into Premium Airspace

Boeing and Porsche have partnered to bring a luxury flying car into existence. A recent Memorandum of Understanding between Boeing and Porsche has been executed “to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace” according to the aviation and auto giants. According to Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s marketing…

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Russians Join Quest for Flying Cars

Two Russia-based aircraft companies, Ilyushin and Sukhoi, are taking part in a state-run project called AeroNet to launch an air taxi by 2025. Scientists in Novosibirsk, Siberia’s largest city, are also actively engaged in the development of flying cars, according to the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects. A laboratory dedicated to the project has…

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Uber Air Prepares for Takeoff in Melbourne

With the appointment of Natalie Malligan as the head of Uber Air Australia, the company is one step closer to launching its flying taxi service in Melbourne. Malligan was previously the head of Uber Australia and New Zealand. Malligan plans to make Uber’s urban aviation plans a reality. She will work with the Victorian government,…

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US Air Force Prepares to Take Off with Flying Cars

F15 Eagle. F-22 Raptor. F-16 Fighting Falcon. Terrafugia? Pop.Up? The US Air Force has announced plans to develop its own flying car to add to its fleet of aircraft. Called Agility Prime, Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, explained: “It was a low-hanging opportunity to broaden the…

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