Start flying machines sales planned for 2018
Investing in flying cars are already hundreds of millions of dollars of real projects is growing. Everything goes to the fact that a new form of transport on the routes will have in the coming year
Transportation of passengers and copter flying cars ceased to be something fantastic. In the production of drones began to seriously invest even conservative automakers.
German Daimler acquired a stake and invested € 25 million in start-up E-Volvo, develops double electric vehicle Volokopter. Japanese Toyota began funding a project to create a flying machine Cartivator, Chinese Geely acquired the US company Terrafugia, designed four-seater flying car. Even the Russian leadership "AvtoVAZ" in the summer of 2017 announced that will develop the aircraft, it is true, "about twenty years." In the meantime, Russia to create a new type of transport are the company Hoversurf, who presented the summer 2017 flying elektromototsikl Scorpion-3, and weapons concern "Kalashnikov", which showed the fall flight of single vehicle with vertical take-off of its own design.
Its projects to develop unmanned aerial vehicles for the transport of passengers have aircraft corporation Boeing and Airbus.
Investing in flying cars are already hundreds of millions of dollars of real projects are increasing, all goes to the fact that a new form of transport on the routes will have in the coming year. In Dubai, in 2017 successfully tested a flying taxi company Passenger Drone made the first manned flight in Europe and promised to begin selling its vehicles in 2018.
Who are preparing to go to start - then
EHang 184, China
Chinese machine may remain in the air for 30 minutes and cover the distance of 50 kilometers. In mid-December 2017 in the flight test Chinese quadrocopter dispersed to 160 km / h. The manufacturer claims that the car is ready to run in the series in 2010, a drone costs, according to preliminary estimates, will amount to $ 150,000 - $ 200,000.
Company-developer of the passenger copter, which has invested in Daimler in August 2017, began designing aircraft still in 2011. Now its double Volocopter 2X is able to rise to a height of 2000 meters, flying at a speed of 100 km / h and is in flight 30 minutes. According to plans, in 2020 the car will be used as an air taxi in Dubai.
The world's first hybrid oktokopter two people developed by American companies Workhorse. The apparatus of carbon fiber, weighing about 500 kg is equipped with batteries and a gas engine, which generates electricity for the eight motors. Declared maximum speed of the machine in flight equal to 113 km / h, range - 110 km. The manufacturer hopes to receive all the necessary certificates in 2019, the car costs about $ 200,000.
Lilium Jet, Germany
Lilium The German company is working on a flying car light, power reserve which should reach 300 km and a top speed - 300 km / h. In April, tests were carried out full-size model, the first manned flight is planned for 2019. In September 2017 Lilium received $ 90 million from a group of investors in the development of the project, the total investment in the company exceeded $ 100 million.
In May 2017 Zee.Aero start flight tests of the aircraft with twelve screws. Technical data are not disclosed, do not call the company and the main investor, having invested more than $ 100 million in the project. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it is one of the founders of Google, Larry Page.
Besides Zee.Aero it finances is another start-up to develop a flying car - Kitty Hawk. Directs this company Sebastian Thrun - the author Google driverless car program. Kitty Hawk Zee.Aero and operate independently of each other. In Zee.Aero currently employs 150 people, in Kitty Hawk - 10.
The Japanese group Cartivator, which is funded by Toyota, is developing a passenger quadrocopter with 2012. The first manned flight vehicle with vertical takeoff and landing is planned to make in 2018, commercial use of the flying machine is scheduled for 2020. Airspeed Skydrive at a height of 10 meters will reach 100 km / h, in the vehicle mode - 150 km / h.
The American company Kitty Hawk - the second developer flying passenger vehicles, which is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page. Single aircraft was tested in April 2017 and already in 2018 may be available for sale. The machine is fully compliant to the ultralight aircraft for the US Federal Aviation Administration, so to fly on her pilot's license is required. "We've all dreamed of flying without effort. I am happy that very soon I will be able to climb to the Kitty Hawk Flyer and quickly make a flight, "- advertise novelty Larry Page in an interview with The New York Times.
Company Hoversurf businessman Alexander Atamanova presented its flying motorcycle Scorpion-3 in the summer of 2017, is now on the website of the device is already on sale with delivery in June 2018 for $ 59,900 apiece. Electric motorcycle reaches a maximum speed of 70 km / h, the range defined in the 21 km, time of flight - 20 minutes. In December 2017 it became known that Hoversurf working to create a five-seater flying machine that can accelerate to 320 km / h and travel distances up to 450 km.