Manufacturers

Terrafugia

Headquarters: Woburn, MA. The company was acquired in 2017 by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the Chinese automotive giant that owns Volvo and Lotus. What: The Transition’s been in development since 2006, when Terrafugia was launched by MIT grads. This folding-wing, two-seat roadable aircraft is powered by the Rotax 912ULS piston engine. Designed to fly like…

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Volocopter GmbH (formerly e-Volo)

Headquarters: 50-employee company based in Bruchsal, Germany. What: Based on drone technology, the Volocopter 2X is a two-passenger eVTOL powered by nine discrete electric battery packs, each of which powers two rotors. Approved as an ultralight vehicle in Germany, it recharges in 40 minutes. The 18 rotors placed along a ring above the Volocopter 2X’s…

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Flying Car Companies Jockey for Position

While the general public is still wrapping its head around the idea of self-driving cars, companies worldwide are preparing their flying cars for takeoff. Most, but not all, of the flying car concepts are VTOLs. Technological innovation in drone technology, electric batteries, propulsion systems, machine learning, and sense-and-avoid technology are making flying cars within reach….

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AeroMobil

Headquarters: Slovakia What: In April, 2018, this eight-year-old engineering firm launched the hybrid-electric AeroMobile 5.0 prototype, a four-wheeled, four-passenger VTOL that can be driven on roads and flown in the air. It’s intended to be used as a way to get around metropolitan areas. The company also has a 4.0 STOL (short take-off and landing),…

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A³ (Airbus)

Headquarters: A³, pronounced A cubed, is the Silicon Valley arm of French aerospace giant Airbus. What: Several eVTOL concepts are in development. As of early 2019, the one-person electric Vahana Alpha One had flown more than 50 test flights. The second aircraft, Alpha Two, is the first Vahana demonstrator with a finished interior. The company’s…

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Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation

Headquarters: Manassas, VA What: Acquired by Boeing in the fall of 2017, Aurora specializes in flight systems for pilotless electric aircraft for both military and commercial applications. It’s produced a line of small eVTOL autonomous aircraft. Before being acquired by Boeing, Aurora had been working with Uber to develop flying taxis and demonstration flights had…

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