We are in the future! Yes, as predicted by science fiction stories from decades ago, incredible technological advances are now common; screens surround us, our robots conquer, we have shoes that are tied on ourselves, and now we have flying cars.
Of course, they regretted telling you that the flying Deloerean had not arrived yet. Instead, Boeing can boast that he has already begun a "flying car"; although it depends a lot on what you think is a "car". We prefer to call it a "flying taxi" because it is the function it will perform, and it does not stop surprising.
Boeing's flying taxi is already flying
Yes, the famous aircraft manufacturer is also interested in how the sector will change over the coming years; and to advance, he has developed a fully functional prototype of a flying taxi. A small flying vehicle designed to carry only a few people; technically this is not an airplane, but rather a small helicopter that can take off and land vertically.
The idea of the future model that will be based on this prototype is to offer transport services by cities as well as to land in skyscrapers and areas limited to it. The video, published by Boeing, shows exactly how the vehicle is able to take off, stay in the air and return to land.
The important thing is that he is able to do all that alone. Cars will not have a pilot (occupy an object) but will be able to fly to the area indicated by your account; the customer will only need to point out where he wants to go. If it reminds you of today's car applications, this is a good reason. A few years ago Boeing took over Aurora Flight Sciences, a startup company working with Uber to develop his next taxi.
It is very likely that this Boeing model will be the first of many developed for this purpose, offering very short flights that allow us to deviate from traffic. As such a short route, vehicles can be electric without any autonomous problems affecting the electric aircraft; in particular, this prototype is able to travel 80 kilometers by load.
This could only be the beginning of a new era in air transport.