Government/Regulators

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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EASA Publishes SC-VTOL

Reprinted with permission from the Vertical Flight Society, Vertiflite Magazine The Vertical Flight Society has been supporting the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft since 2014. One of the defining challenges for implementing eVTOL for urban air mobility (UAM) is the lack of applicable regulations. Standards organizations like ASTM International, RTCA, SAE…

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South Korea Accelerates Plans for Flying Cars

To boost its flagging economy, the South Korean government announced it will invest US$50 billion (60 trillion Korean won) in the next decade to develop autonomous, electric, and flying cars. The investment is intended to shave three years off the current expected development time for flying cars slated for 2030 to instead be ready by…

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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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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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Malaysia: Ground Zero for Flying Cars?

When it comes to technological innovation, you can be forgiven if Kuala Lumpur is not the first place that comes to mind. But the city, Malaysia’s capital with a population of nearly 7 million, may be the first place flying cars take off commercially. Malaysia’s Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof has…

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