Uber’s plan to take over the skies with flying cars in the USA
27 oct. 2016.Within a decade, according to a white paper released today, Uber will have a network—to be called “Elevate”—of on-demand, fully electric flying cars in the USA that take off and land vertically. Instead of slogging down the 101, you and a few other flyers will get from San Francisco to Silicon Valley in about 15 minutes—for the price of private ride on the ground with UberX. Theoretically. Uber is using the exciting, Jetsons sense of the flying car: a future that lifts you over the brutality of traffic jams and congested roads.
FAA Awards SkyRunner The Special Light-Sport Aircraft Certificate
The FAA approval comes just a few years after SkyRunner first appeared on the global scene, after a CNN Money video of a 1st-generation prototype gained over a million views in the first week. Since then, SkyRunner has attracted almost 600,000 followers on Facebook and other social media. "It's extremely rare for a startup like SkyRunner to attract more Facebook followers in just two years than multi-billion dollar brands like Polaris, Can Am and Virgin Atlantic have accumulated to date. It's indicative that this product is connecting with people in a profound way," said Kenneth O'Brock, Director of Marketing.
Google's flying car factories
Zee.Aero employs close to 150 people to create a flying car in the USA. Its operations have expanded to an airport hangar in Hollister, about a 70-minute drive south from Mountain View, where a pair of prototype aircraft takes regular test flights. The company also has a manufacturing facility on NASA’s Ames Research Center campus at the edge of Mountain View. Larry Page has spent more than $100 million on Zee.Aero, say two of the people familiar with the company, and he’s not done yet. Last year a second Page-backed flying-car startup, Kitty Hawk, began operations and registered its headquarters to a two-story office building on the end of a tree-lined cul-de-sac about a half-mile away from Zee’s offices. Kitty Hawk’s staffers, sequestered from the Zee.Aero team, are working on a competing design. Its president, according to 2015 business filings, was Sebastian Thrun, the godfather of Google’s self-driving car program and the founder of research division Google X. Page and Google declined to speak about Zee.Aero or Kitty Hawk, as did Thrun.