The Chinese New Year is an eventful one. The epidemic caused by the new crown virus infection has already changed people's clothing, food, shelter, and even the cultural and artistic aspects of the New Year. Every area is closed to high-speed roads, and you can drive back in no area. Car, how can you get off the road? The death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant Bryant due to a helicopter safety accident is sad. So many people think, what if there were flying cars? In fact, the development trend of flying cars is still in the early stages. Whether this new type of mobility tool can be the first productive force will be a matter for 2030 and 2040 in the future. The investment status and development trend of all projects hinder, and people can do some sorting based on this article.
1) Project investment status of flying cars
This definition has actually been made long ago. American airline pioneer GlennCurtiss combined the car + the airport (autoplane) in the evolution of the airport, resulting in a three-seater vehicle with the detachable aircraft wing and the airport, but the fusion The characteristic is to hit both but the car and the helicopter. Along with technological innovations, some independent startups have applied electric or hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flight vehicle improvement models. The key is that according to different design schemes, they expect to maintain speed and quieter than traditional helicopters. , Lower cost of carrying people and objects, and then change the current traffic trip layout based on more large-scale aerial trips.
From the whole time, many companies have participated in the whole process before, and about 2010, the definition of start-ups and airlines' manufacturing industry has been shown. New projects have been shown-they started with the transportation of the future. Build it out. The following figure is based on the Deloitte report 3 years ago. People have seen that a large part of the definition of flying cars is developed based on the energy source of rechargeable batteries and the driving force of electrified drives.
Remark name: Deloitte released "Elevatingthefutureofmobility" (future flying car for mobile transportation) 2 years ago.
Product research and development Flying cars are actually quite expensive. The key companies that pay are divided into traditional manufacturing industries (automobile groups) and technology companies. In the near future, it is Toyota Motor that has invested more assets. Its project has invested 394 million US dollars to participate in the C round of 590 million US dollars in equity financing of British jobyaviation companies; naturally, Audi also announced the termination of the new product development of Pop.UpNEXT. , Geely suspended its collaboration with Airbus; Geely acquired Terrafugia in the UK, and invested in Volocopter in France. In fact, it is really difficult to expand the British-owned technology.
2) Key obstacles to the development of flying cars
In another Deloitte report, I made some enumerations. In a series of considerations, the improvement of technical problems will be only a small problem, and a large number of objective problems will not be solved in our country Thing. However, as far as overseas development and design is concerned, this kind of aerospace automobile company in the early stage also has relevant investors to make continuous efforts. In the next 10-20 years, with the gradual improvement of prototypes, for this region, safe driving There will still be flying car traffic.
The key application field of flying cars in the future is transportation in big cities and near suburbs. Naturally, the application is oriented towards rich groups. As a result, today's helicopter real estate developers and manufacturing companies are facing the risk of being subverted. This, like Tesla's fusion of pure electric vehicles and driverless cars, is a danger to traditional automobile manufacturing. With the improvement of electrification and cognitive technology, it can produce a certain sales market in about 10-15 years.
to sum up:
China's science and technology tree is rapidly growing. After 30 years, it has completed the 100 years of capitalist countries. With the saturation of the auto trading market, what do many professional and technical personnel in engineering projects do? I think that in the future, the vast majority of what can be done is in the high-tech industry. After taking a multi-pronged approach to semiconductor materials, it will still be necessary for future transportation. This kind of people has universal requirements to solve difficulties.