Boeing 'flying car' is for real, makes its first takeoff and landing
Administrator World Garage
Boeing company told about successful launch of an Autonomous flying taxi. During tests, device made controlled takeoff, hovering and landing. It is expected that electric-powered air taxi will be able to take off vertically and fly up to 80 kilometers, delivering passengers to their destination bypassing city traffic jams and traffic lights.
Boeing notes that project to create "flying car" is implemented by its division Boeing NeXt, engaged in development of air vehicles for use in city, as well as subsidiary of Corporation Aurora Flight Sciences. experimental glider has length of 9.14 m and width of 8.53 m, equipped with an electric motor, vertical take-off and flight systems using wing carrier force.
According to analysts of Morgan Stanley Bank, by 2040 volume of market associated with Autonomous passenger and cargo aircraft, including for urban conditions, will be, according to conservative estimates, $615 billion, and according to optimistic scenario - $2.9 trillion, reports Bloomberg. A3 company, owned by competitor of Boeing, European company Airbus, is developing project of "flying taxi" Vahana, which was tested last year. Intel and Chinese manufacturer of unmanned vehicles EHang are developing their own flying taxis.
The next stage of testing — controlled flight with transition from vertical takeoff. company will also continue to test safety and reliability.
It is reported that purpose of test take-off was development of information exchange systems and sensors that determine position of transport relative to ground. Vertical take-off and same way vertical landing (VTOL) aircraft is capable of flying in fully Autonomous mode and allows one or more passengers to travel distance of more than 80 kilometers.
Military orders have always brought Boeing large profits, but they were not always decisive in development of company. Another distinctive feature of Boeing was ability to adjust in time and start production of aircraft for new purposes. After End of World War I, William Boeing decided to adapt his seaplanes to transport mail and cargo. In March 1919, he and Eddie Hubbard made their first postal flight from Seattle to Vancouver. In December of same year, company developed new hydroplane B-1 (Model 6). plane was bought by Eddie Hubbard, who during 1920s carried it mail from Seattle to Victoria, Canada. Then, Boeing made some more seaplanes for carriage of mail. Subsequently, hydroplanes refused. In July 1925, Boeing introduced Model 40, designed for U.S. Mail.
William Boeing created his company with George Westervelt. latter soon after founding moved to work in company Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company, which has long competed with Boeing in field of military orders. Despite this turn, Boeing's further history was characterized by mergers and acquisitions of other companies. Thus, in 1927, Boeing Air Transport acquired transport company Pacific Air Transport. This allowed Boeing to strengthen its position in air mail market. This was followed by an
Two years ago, Boeing bought company Aurora Flight Sciences, which was engaged in development of an Autonomous passenger aircraft together with Uber. According to Bloomberg, it was Aurora who created tested prototype of air taxi on order of Boeing NeXt daughter. Also, aircraft manufacturer plans to release an electric vessel for transportation of goods. Its load capacity will be 220 kg, and tests in indoor landfill are carried out since last year.
Boeing is not only company planning to produce air taxis. Similar plans have direct competitor — Airbus, as well as numerous startups. According to analysts Morgan Stanley, by 2040, this air transport market will have turnover of 2.9 trillion dollars.