Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may think flying cars are a bad idea, but several companies are working to make them a reality as early as next year. The vehicles these companies are working on aren’t the same from flying cars from “Back to the Future.” Rather, they are pursuing electric, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft for shorter urban commutes. Like the name suggests, these are vehicles that can take off without needing a runway. Competition is mounting when it comes to the flying-car moonshot – here are 7 companies working on their own VTOL aircrafts: 1. German company eVolo made a big announcement on Wednesday when it said it will use its VTOL aircraft for a pilot taxi service in 2018. Source: Business Insider Called the Volocopter 2X, the aircraft has 18 rotors and can fit two people. The aircraft is powered by six batteries, allowing for just 17 minutes of flight. It can re-charge in 40 minutes using a fast charger. 2. Airbus is developing a single-person VTOL under its Silicon Valley arm A³ as part of its Project Vahana. The aircraft will be autonomous and can carry a single passenger or cargo. A³ CEO Rodin… Read full this story
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