When the traffic in big cities is getting more and more crowded, everyone's eyes have just begun to change.
The car that can fly can become the focus of many giants, including Larry Page.
As the founder of Google and one of the top ten wealthy businessmen in the world, Larry Page has been eager for flying cars. As early as 2016, Larry Page had previously invested more than $ 100 million in a British flying car company project named Zee.Aero, and not long afterwards, the project invested in another company named KittyHawk. Flying car startup.
At the beginning of December 2019, Google wrote on Boke that the CEO of Alphabet, Larry Page, announced his departure, and this interval was 21 years after Larry Page founded Google in the parking space. It's time. As he is nearing his retirement, Larry Page's huge bet on the flying car industry is certainly obvious.
So, what exactly is a flying car?
Larry Page's expectations?
In fact, the two companies invested by Peiqi Project often have many years.
Zee.Areo, which can be regarded as Pei's exclusive pet, is not attributed to Google. According to the data of Tianyan.com, this company was founded in 2010, and its key business process is product development flying cars. This type of flying car can take off, land and land vertically. It has the characteristics of safety, quietness, easy control, high efficiency and light weight.
According to Zee. Areo's historical time equity financing record, investors in this flying car company can only be Larry Page. At that time in October 2016, many people in the news media of Texas, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau saw the flying cars of this company for experimental aviation.
Larry Page has never recognized Zee. Areo as Google's property, even though the company, like Alphabet, is located in Mountain View, Texas. According to previous reports from the Financial Times, Zee.Areo had two key products in the initial product development process, one of which was close to a small aircraft and the other was equipped with a booster on the side. According to the patent documents submitted by Zee.Aero in 2012, flying cars can take off and land vertically.
From the perspective of Zee.Areo's R & D department, this flying car company can be said to be a mass of talents. In less than 10 years since its establishment, several well-known companies or organizations from SpaceX (which is Elon Musk's space transportation company), NASA and Airbus have come together. Their overall goal is to Say "People have changed their shipping industry."
Larry Page also attaches great importance to his large project investment. The Zee. Areo head office is located at 2700 BroderickWay, in a two-story building covering an area of 30,000 square meters. The first floor is Zee. Areo's office area, and the second floor is Peggy's own private space, which contains his entertainment and his personal collection.
However, it is particularly important to note that many people are wondering whether Zee. Areo ’s flying car is Larry Peggy ’s expensive small toy. Since this day, the company ’s products have not yet been announced in batch production, and this company seems to There was no preparation for expansion, and very few new messages came.
Compared to Zee.Areo, KittyHawk looks a lot taller. Although the same is all a flying car company invested by Larry Page's project, according to Tianyan.com data, in 2016, KittyHawk only received a seed round venture capital of 500,000 US dollars, and this company was founded in 2015. The majority of the R & D department comes from Zee.Areo.
From the KittyHawk official's grasp online, the ceo of this flying car company is Sebastian Thrun. KittyHawk's CEO actually has a close relationship with Google. According to the detailed description of the official website, Sebastian Tren is the originator of Google ’s self-driving cars and also participated in Google ’s “Moonshot” program— —GoogleX, which mainly includes new projects for driverless cars, Google Glass and ProjectLoon hot air balloon. Among them, many new projects are related to deep learning and artificial intelligence applications. He expressed that KittyHawk's corporate vision is to help everyone solve the congestion caused by existing mobility tools at this stage.
In addition to Sebastian Tren, KittyHawk's executive foundation is also a background map with aviation or technical engineers.
For KittyHawk products, there are actually a lot more than Zee.Areo, and the business process is wider. From the official website, you can see that at this stage KittyHawk also has 2 products online for free. One of them is called Heaviside. According to the detailed introduction of the official website, this flying car has the characteristics of light weight, low noise and flying speed. fast.
From the video materials revealed on the official website, the design basis of this type of flying car is similar to the traditional airport, but it is more sophisticated. The noise caused by a Heaviside diesel engine is 100 times that of an ordinary helicopter. According to the detailed introduction of KittyHawk, once the flying car enters the sky, its noise basis is not recognized by human ears, but this is not equal to noise. Faded.
In terms of speed, from San Jose to San Francisco, Heaviside only takes 15 minutes, while driving takes 50 minutes, and it consumes only half the kinetic energy of all normal cars. In particular, the energy-saving type here must also take full account of the reduction of the overhead line spacing.
Officially, another flying car called Flyer on the Internet is actually counted as KittyHawk's first product. The Flyer can take off and land vertically. The driving force is shown by 10 separate electric fans. From the appearance, it means that a single-seat private aircraft has a total net weight of 220 pounds, a maximum speed of 32 kilometers, and can be pulled away from the road surface 15 The aspect ratio of inches is for aviation.
Screenshot from: KittyHawk official website
It is worth mentioning that according to the requirements of British airlines, Flyer does not belong to the scope of control, and can fly without a driving license. For such a product, the information about sales will be launched before 2017, and also the membership rights of 100 US dollars per year, which can enjoy preferential purchases, discounts and other special orders. But not long after that, KittyHawk returned the order deposit and no longer sold to my market. Instead, it showed the operation management and the point-to-point shared resource quadcopter of the big city. Nowadays, this is no more information.
In addition to these two flying cars, KittyHawk actually has a product called "Cora". This product will still be available on the Internet at the beginning of 2020, but it has been discontinued. To be precise, Cora is a new productization project of KittyHawk, trying to create "Uber over the sky".
Unlike the first two products, Cora is no longer a single seat, but can accommodate two additional passengers. This new project was launched by KittyHawk in the United Kingdom. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adeen also participated in the new product launch. He expressed: "The key to this New Zealand government's strategic cooperation with KittyHawk is to reach the world. These high-end talents from each country send a signal. If you are creative and creative, you can rush to the UK. People always open the door to these pioneering and innovative people who want to achieve their ideals. And people have already opened an overall The goal is to make Britain a zero-carbon country by 2050. Everyone knows that KittyHawk's quadcopter is completely electric. In short, new projects like this can undoubtedly help people This ambitious blueprint for maintaining zero carbon emissions. "
At the time of 2018, the Daily Telegraph also revealed that the British Ministry of Defence had presented $ 2 million in assets for KittyHawk, a new company for flying taxis. The key point was to invest in Cora's new project.
As everyone knows, the ups and downs are not very common. At the time of June 2019, it was not clear whether due to technical problems or asset problems, Cora was assigned by KittyHawk to the branch established with Airbus, and it lacked decision-making power. · The taxi above Peiqi could not make money for him for the time being.
From the perspective of Larry Page's new flying car project, it has been 10 years from beginning to end. I don't know if the race is now stopped. Is there really no future for the flying car?
Larry Page is just a gamer on the runway.
Many big names in the manufacturing industry will rush in.
Among the traditional car owners, Goodwill announced in 2017 that the state-owned wholly-owned British flying car company Terrafugia was recycled. The main product of the company was also allowed to be commercialized by the US aviation authority; Toyota had previously planned to fly on the 2020 Olympics in Japan The car ignited the torch; Aston Martin announced its own flying car VolanteVisionConcept in 2018, and is preparing for mass production in 2020.
The prosperous big brothers also let go. Take Uber as an example. Uber has been focusing on the development and design of new projects for flying taxis. In November 2017, it announced the collaboration with NASA to mutually establish an automatic air traffic control system. At the beginning of 2017, Uber also collaborated with Dallas Fort Worth and its government department in Dubai, UAE, to give priority to new flying car projects in such large cities.
Chinese Internet tycoon Teng Xun also took out $ 90 million in 2017 to invest in French electric flying car company Lilium.
According to the results of the Morgan Stanley Research Center, by 2040, the market capacity of self-driving cars, taxis over the sky, or personal mobility tools will be close to $ 150 million. In addition, Deloitte's "Future Flying Cars for Mobile Transport" report released a forecast analysis that in 2040, the UK's "air taxis" market capacity will exceed 17 billion U.S. dollars.
So, is the flying car really the next outlet?
Guojin Securities emphasized in its report on a flying car dealership that although the flying car design plan has already been certified by actual combat exercises, there are still many technical shortcomings at this stage, and because of the difficulty and funding of flying car product development The investment is large, the raw materials and production costs are expensive, and even if the current engineering cost is not available for general customers, in addition, Shangdao and Aviation must be reviewed by the supervisory agencies and legal departments of various countries around the world.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk previously announced on his Twitter: "If you like to fly on your own house, and there are always a lot of cars flying on top of it, everything is normal. This kind of car seems to be getting bigger. 1,000 times unmanned aerial vehicle, filled with noise, a huge cyclone and even blown away many items at the time of landing. "
What do you think of the flying car?