Ever think of flying yourself to work one day? Well, that may be a reality in the near future. There’s now a handful of VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) cars in development for the consumer market. The race is on as manufacturers compete for the associative market and licensing. One company; Blackfly, based out of Silicon Valley California, has already had a number of successful runs at the concept in development.
As far fetched into the future as flying cars might seem, current advances in construction materials and motor technology have played a major role in the engineering and design aspect of development. “The availability of lightweight construction materials, increases in power density of the latest engines, along with advances in systems software and hardware solutions have opened up completely new possibilities in vehicle design and engineering,“ says Doug MacAndrew, Chief Technical Officer for AeroMobil, a VTOL manufacturer based in Slovakia.
Aside from Blackfly and Aeromobil competing for the flying car market, other competitors like Terrafugia, eVolo, and Airbus are also neck to neck in the race to corner the market share. Despite regulation being the primary challenge, Infrastructure around the new products is already in the works, as the Paramount Miami Worldcenter currently has it’s roof being retrofitted as it’s group plans a flying ‘skyport’ atop the 700 foot-tall tower building. In addition, Chinese drone company EHang is working to get its flagship taxi drone in the air as soon as federal regulations permit, while Uber plans to partner with other companies to use flying cars for city commutes by 2026. So as the imaginative Jetsons-like future that’s yet to arrive is on the horizon, you could be flying to your next near destination soon enough.