If people's transportation is transformed in many ways, driverless cars are a choice, and quadcopters are another better choice.
And both choices have been favored by Google founder Larry Page. In 2009, Google's self-driving car announced its development. One year later, the new "flying car" project has just started to charge money.
Even more remarkable, Pei Qi is more willing to throw money and assets into cool flying cars.
That's why the startup KittyHawk (the little goshawk) is remarkable.
As everyone knows, in the near future, good ideas have come out: in 2018, it also announced that it would be a small-scale taxpayer for mass production and supply of "personal quadcopters" and announced the halberd; for the more beautiful and moving "autonomous taxis over the sky" scheme, also sunk .
But the good news is that this will only be KittyHawk and Page's unsuccessful.
As at this runway, at least Chinese companies are still ambitious, including Ease, Tencent, and Yihang, which will be launched in the near future IPO ... will become symbolic gamers.
Their products are different. Some focus on flying cars, while others are small unmanned aircraft, but they all travel to maintain short-distance air travel, and the commercialized commercial products seem to have only the "last mile" left.
How can KittyHawk not get it?
Inside information was exposed by Forbes Global.
After interviewing several former employees, Forbes Global reported that both of KittyHawk's product lines had been "hit".
Flyer, a new personal aircraft project, often has a series of difficult points from technical and safety to concrete floor-standing, and cannot be delivered.
Flyer, the pilot, is KittyHawk's first quadcopter, and iteratively updated two versions.
The junior and intermediate versions are relatively simple, like a big spider. The basis is that the jet ski has wings:
New upgrade, the basic structure has not changed, and it is much more beautiful:
In the words of the CEO, the Flyer is a "dronesmeetaircraft" (a fusion of a small and medium quadcopter called the drone and an airport), which is actually a small and medium quadcopter at sea.
There are 10 aircraft propellers, 4 meters long, 2.3 meters wide and 1.5 meters high. The composite material structure is selected, and the net weight is only 113KG. Lithium electricity is used as the power source.
After the update, the actual operation becomes more and more simple, and ordinary people can learn it in just one hour.
In 2018, the company also invited every news media such as WSJ, CNN, Wired to make its first flight, and the official website also opened for booking.
But just one year later, with a clear delivery period, service commitments not only have to be changed, but also greatly rectified.
KittyHawk has returned the order deposit and is no longer selling to my own market. The market positioning has also changed from "my own mount" to "presenting operational management" and presenting a point-to-point shared resource quadcopter for short distances in big cities.
And behind the market positioning adjustment, there are even more shocking reasons for exposure:
Former KittyHawk technical engineers revealed that frequent technical common faults need to be repaired every few hours; the ignition of rechargeable batteries is a problem, and even Google has caused fire accidents.
The four-axis aircraft solution sank. Another major product series, Cora, which is dedicated to becoming Uber above, was immediately shut down and switched to WiskAero, a joint venture with Boeing, and it would be controlled by Airbus. Shareholders' meeting.
This is even more surprising. At the time when KittyHawk first outlined the grand blueprint, Core not only had the technicality of unmanned driving, but also the definition and support of the popular "sharing economy model" at that time, which had potential for commercial services. One.
Core's quadcopter can take off and land vertically:
You can also land quickly:
The application of driverless technology, sailing 62 kilometers-nearly 100 kilometers, can take two people, faster than a car, saving time and sports fields.
Imagine if 80 kilometers is an hour, you don't need to stop where you want to go on the parallel line, and when and how you want to fly in the day.
KittyHawk regards it as the prototype of "Taxi in the Future", and it will try to be the first product in the UK in 2018.
As everyone knows, the plan cannot keep up with the change.
As of June 2019, Core was assigned to a branch established with Airbus by KittyHawk, and it also lacked decision-making power. Basic representatives could no longer core the line.
Quadcopter But interestingly, not long after the new Cora project changed, KittyHawk also released a third quadcopter: Heaviside.
The official website logo is: small, queit, fast
Small: Only one adult can squat so high, it looks similar to an ordinary car;
Jing: The sound of take-off and landing is about 80db, not more than ten seconds. At the time of aviation, it is less than 40db. There is no way to be heard by others.
Fast: From San Jose to San Francisco in 15 minutes. At this stage, driving must take 50 minutes.
It really means an electric plane.
Just the idea of the gap at the beginning-to deal with urban traffic problems like driverless cars, high efficiency and safety, is still long.
It is more like a small personal aircraft, and it has to be further controlled. Pitch programming, commercials, and outbreaks are long. At this stage, the federal government airline management office only allows heavside to conduct first flight tests in the eyes of employees.
But KittyHawk's temporary halt did not mean that there was no expectation of transforming transportation from above.
A large number of gamers have already gathered, and China's power is very eye-catching.
2 million yuan to buy a good-looking speed car
In addition to KittyHawk's desire to take a taxi over the sky, Uber itself is also preparing to expand shared resource transportation from the road to the sky.
They announced UberAir, a new air traffic project based on vertical take-off and landing aircraft, which is preparing to start commercial service operations from 2023. Uber and NASA have already signed an agreement, and they are ready to collaborate on UAM.
The content of the agreement is that Uber clearly proposes a metropolitan airline ride-sharing network solution. NASA applies electronic computer models and simulations of route management methods to assess the harm of small aircraft to the natural environment.
Uber's electric aircraft are relatively large, and small and medium-sized airports with supporting facilities must be basically constructed.
But it will also use the roof of a high-rise residential business building as an airport:
After work, sitting by plane can appreciate the "crowded beautiful scenery" incidentally:
The French company Lilium led by Teng Xun led its first flight in 2019. Keep postures such as turning at a 20 ° angle:
The company estimates that five 20 taxis will be in commercial service by 2025:
It is also known as "Air Traffic".
China means Geely Automobile, which has already recycled a flying car company called Terrafugia.
This company was originally founded by five MIT graduates in 2006. It is committed to the design and manufacture of flying cars.
At this stage, there are already Demo and commercial prototypes. The main transition is a flying car that can accommodate two people.
It can either run in the soil or fly in midair.