Flying Cars!

by Marilou Long on February 9, 2017

in lifestyle,Technology

Ed Yardeni had an interesting piece this morning about autonomous, or self-driving cars, and then things really got crazy!  Uber is looking at developing flying cars.  From Dr. Yardeni:

(4) Auto pilot. If autonomous cars aren’t enough to blow your mind, consider flying cars. Uber Technologies recently hired Mark Moore to become director of engineering for aviation. Moore, who previously worked at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will work on Uber Elevate, the company’s flying car initiative, according to a 2/6 Bloomberg article.

The article explains: “The ride-hailing company envisions people taking conventional Ubers from their homes to nearby ‘vertiports’ that dot residential neighborhoods. Then they would zoom up into the air and across town to the vertiport closest to their offices. (‘We don’t need stinking bridges!’ says Moore.) These air taxis will only need ranges of between 50 to 100 miles, and Moore thinks that they can be at least partially recharged while passengers are boarding or exiting the aircraft. He also predicts we’ll see several well-engineered flying cars in the next one to three years and that there will be human pilots, at least managing the onboard computers, for the foreseeable future.”

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