It is predicted that 60% of the world's people will live in cities in 2030. The peak time is a nightmare for travellers. The future urban traffic and urban environmental problems will become more and more outstanding, and the appearance of flying cars can not only help passengers avoid increasing congestion. Traffic problems, and can be useful to drive the field of air traffic, drastically reduce the city's infrastructure and planning costs, together with the new economic growth and technological progress.
VolocopterCEOFlorianReuter shows that after the "flying" launch of the mall, the masses can summon with the smartphone and it will send you to the destination. The air "flying" can fly according to the global positioning system, and in the future will be equipped with comprehensive sensors, and to deal with various unknown obstacles.
As the city becomes more and more congested, the traffic pressure on the ground is getting bigger and bigger, the wide sky, the short-distance transportation capable of flying, and the unmanned driving skills, these three elements are creating an increasingly unmanned taxi industry.
Tracing back to the history of flying cars, in 1917, the father of the Flying Car, Curtis, presented this imaginative new type of transportation to people for the first time. His aluminum flying sedan exaggeratedly mounted three wings with a wingspan of 12.2 meters. However, this flying car only completed a short-range flying beating, and did not really fly into the sky.
A few days ago, China's Internet giant Tencent also led the German airline Lilium, the company is also committed to the development of flying electric taxis.
In the future, people can use the app to call a LiliumJet, but in order to satisfy the requirements of the regulatory authorities, the car will first be equipped with a pilot. However, Gerber shows that “small planes or helicopters can do things” that it can do in the future. This kind of flying taxi has less noise, saves energy, and has a small footprint, which is a good choice for urban traffic.
With the development of science and technology, the booming flying car has the potential to become the mainstream means of transportation in the future, and is receiving high attention from the scientific and technological circles and governments.
Many countries in the Middle East rely on rich petroleum resources, and thus have become a gathering place for various new technological products. As one of the most imposing cities in the world, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has always hoped to complete the use of “unmanned aerial taxis” in the world. Recently, under the arrangement of Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan, Dubai successfully conducted a test flight debut.
In addition to Volocopter and Lilium, other leading companies are also targeting the huge unmanned aerial taxi mall. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus plans to launch passenger-controlled aircraft by 2020; Google founder Pete Investment's KittyHawk and Uber are also actively preparing their air taxi program; Russian manufacturer Kalashnikov The company has developed a flying motorcycle, although it can not be used to carry passengers, but it means that its skill accumulation is going on, and in the future it may be invested in the research and development of flying cars.
As the commercial process of flying cars continues to accelerate, the industry generally believes that it is more realistic and beneficial to build them into “air taxis”. Therefore, in combination with the development of unmanned driving skills, the flying car gradually began to clarify its direction of development, which is also "unmanned taxis in the air."
Lilium Company indicated that it will use Tencent's this round of financing to strengthen the company's team and accelerate the development and production of the unmanned five-seat flying car LiliumJet. Earlier this year, the company demonstrated a prototype of a flying electric vehicle (eVTOL) capable of taking off and landing vertically, demonstrating how the car completed horizontal and vertical mode transitions. Although its "virgin show" only lasted for a few minutes, Lilium's chief commercial officer RemoGerber showed that the car can fly for one hour at a single charge and can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour.
It is reported that the flying car that was tested on the same day was developed by Volocopter of Germany. The structure is similar to a small two-seat helicopter cabin with 18 propellers on the top. This "taxi" can fly without the need of a remote control. The longest flight time is 30 minutes. If there is a fault, it will start a number of safety measures, including spare batteries, rotors, parachutes and so on.
Today, the development of flying cars is accelerating, and the integration of unmanned skills has multiplied its potential for use. For commercial purposes, "air taxis" are becoming the primary figures in flying cars. In the future, we may no longer need to be crowded on the ground, but we can combine the actual road conditions and freely between the sky and the land.
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It was not until March 2009 that the world’s first flying sedan, the “Transition”, was successfully tested for the first time. After that, the development of the flying car officially entered the fast lane, and more and more enterprises began to invest in the research and development of the forming flying car, and the effect is increasing.