Manufacturers race to build flying cars

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Automaker Volkswagen has opted to participate in manufacturers’ bid to build flying cars in the near future.
  • Company DeLorean Aerospace has developed “Aerospace DR-7,” a car with a twin forward and rear tilt propeller capable of vertical take-off and landing.
  • The crusade for developing flying cars is achievable given the availability of materials and technology.

In a bid to join other automakers in producing sophisticated and high-tech cars for the future, Volkswagen (VW) has been moving into the potential launching of flying cars as it kick-started a feasibility study in China, per Reuters.

In a statement, the German-based company said that “beyond autonomous driving, the concept of vertical mobility could be the next step to take our mobility approach into the future.”

“Therefore we are investigating potential concepts and partners in a feasibility study to identify the possibility to industrialize this approach,” VW added.

As futuristic as it may sound, flying cars have been already built and utilize globally in the form of personal air taxis, flying motorbikes and commercial jetpacks.

DeLorean Aerospace, a company founded by Paul DeLorean, is currently investing in developing flying cars and small aircraft. Paul is the nephew of John DeLorean, whose company has developed the ‘Back to the Future’ car that was used in the movie.

The DeLorean Aerospace DR-7, a model that the company created, is  “built like a Formula One race car… for the sky.” According to the Vertical Flight Society, the DR-7 would be a flying car with a twin forward and rear tilt propeller capable of vertical take-off and landing.

The company’s vision was to build an authentic flying vehicle.

Airbus, Joby, Kitty Hawk, Lilium, Volocopter, and Uber were some of the companies that also plan to consider manufacturing flying cars.

Per Reuters, Lilium announced last November that it would set up its first US hub beside Orlando which enables “more than 20 million Floridians within range of its winged electric aircraft that can take off vertically and cover 300km (185 miles).”

According to BBC, the “autonomous urban aircraft market is still a bit of a Wild West.” Several companies, though, are still competing to launch their respective vehicle.

“Flying cars are real – and they could shape how we commute, work and live in the coming decades,” the news outlet added.

With the advent of new lightweight materials, sophisticated computer controls and upgraded batteries, the suit for launching flying cars is not really far-fetched, according to Wired.

Source: The Week

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