Flying cars sound still like science fiction, but we will see them around by the end of the year. Really, Airbus is already building a flying car, fully electric and self-piloting.
“By the end of this year we will start the first test, confirmed Zach Lovering, CEO of Vahana”.
The name of the project, Vahana, means something like “flying vehicle” in Sanskrit. The divine vehicle for Hindus is taking shape and is preparing to take flight in a matter of months. “I can call my self-flying taxi via any app like a taxi. Once fasten your seatbelts, it will set the destination and you will start to take off. The rest will take care Vahana self-driving or self-flyin vehicle” he says.
If it were not for the Airbus of the way, the dream of Lovering would be filed as yet another oddity from startup visionary. But the European aviation giant seems to get serious. So says its CEO, German Tom Enders, who already speaks of “aerial urban mobility.” He believes so much that you have created a division, the A3, calling people like Rodin Lyasoff came out from MIT where he spent over two years to write algorithms for aerobatic helicopters autonomous driving or the same Zach Lovering, taken away to Zee.Aero
Larry Page, co-founder of Google, which has an identical project in development. Within ten years, sixty percent of the population will live in cities and megacities like Tokyo, Beijing, Sao Paulo and New York. It does not need a crystal ball to know that urban mobility is and will be increasingly a billion-dollar business. The apocalyptic predictions abound: the Centre for Economics and Business Research calculates such that Londoners in 2030 will lose in traffic the equivalent of 35 working days a year.
“One hundred years ago, the city transportation began to travel under the ground, we now have the technology to do so travel over the earth,” he said Enders few weeks ago. Already in August, its Airbus had announced plans to design the aero cab, but no one believed they had established such a short time for the development of the first models. We see that the euphoria from the date orders for 731 new aircraft, for a total of 104 billion dollars, has led the European company to anticipate the future and to build it in the present.
“It is less complex than it appears,” says Zach Lovering. “The artificial intelligence of a self-driving car must take into account a multitude of variables. In flight obstacles are far fewer. We are thinking of a system of air corridors over the city with take-off and landing areas at strategic points such as airports, stations, city center “. And “vertiporti,” as they call them, they placed on skyscrapers. To see Los Angeles in Blade Runner “version still will serve ten years,” says Lovering. But meanwhile, it takes the first step.
“It all seems very futuristic,” say the Directorate General for Transport of the European Commission. “Of course, we know that you need to adjust the urban air space to handle the media stream as flying drones”. They had considered that that stream tomorrow could be also done by Lovering taxi.