Self-driving flying cars? Google could be linked to stealth venture

Self-driving flying cars? Google could be linked to stealth venture

Summary: A flying car powered by batteries and able to park anywhere a car parks.

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Caleb Garling at SFgate.com is on the trail of stealth startup Zee.Aero, which is building a personal flying aircraft  that can park in a normal car parking space. He thinks it’s probably linked with Google:

It would be battery powered. But in addition, it is designed to lift straight up like a helicopter — so no need for a runway. Then, as the patent notes, the collection of rotors on top work with two facing backward to allow it to hover for a bit before cruising off to that grocery store.

We are also hearing from sources that Google is involved, but in what capacity is unclear. However, Zee.Aero’s offices are near Shoreline Lake in Mountain View,… Shoreline Lake is also where you’ll find the sprawling Googleplex — and not far from there, Google X, the super-secret facility that gave rise to self driving cars, Internet balloons and Google Glass. Sebastian Thrun, who helped start Google X and led the driverless car effort, has said he sees the majority of people using flying cars by 2040.

This stealth company nestled against (inside?) Google is building flying cars - The Technology Chronicles 

Ilan Kroo, Zee.Aero founder, replied to an email in which he stated that it is not affiliated with Google or other nearby tech companies. However, Garling still has a semantic hope of Google’s involvement. 

I followed up by asking, since the wording wasn’t quite clear “Does that mean Zee.Aero is not affiliated with Google or you yourself are not affiliated with Google, or neither you nor Zee.Aero have an affiliation with Google?”

I’m sure that with the Google founders’ penchant for exotic projects such as asteroid mining and life extension technologies, a flying personal car makes a nice addition. If not now then in the near future. And Google’s self-driving car technologies would be perfect for a crowded airspace — especially around the Googleplex with its close proximity to San Francisco and San Jose airports, not to mention the Google execs private hangar at NASA’s Moffett Field. 

However, I’m still waiting for my jetpack. They promised us jetpacks when I was growing up. 

 

 

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  • Quoted in the article: "the majority of people using flying cars by 2040"

    The majority of people on Earth? Or the majority of people on Earth that actually own a car?

    Me? I'd opt for a personal submarine. Thusly, avoiding both roads and airspaces.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • Re: Me? I'd opt for a personal submarine.

      Sounds like you are on the water and have a access to a good deep water harbor. I am on the water but it is not deep enough for a personal submarine. However, a personal water craft that can convert to a car would work well for my area. Not talking hoover craft here, but water car. If it could also fly that would be a plus.

      Dear Santa (Google) did you get all that?
      WhoRUKiddin
    • BTW - this concept is not new

      Moller has been perfecting this for quite some time now (30 years) and even have an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign where contributors can take a ride in the sky car:

      http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/actually-fly-the-m400x-skycar-into-history

      They have been perfecting rotary engines for the sky car and seem to be very close to a public launch within the next three years.
      WhoRUKiddin
      • That is hardly a flying car

        I could slap electric wheels onto a plane and call it a flying car.

        He's trying to make a small VTOL aircraft, but to be honest, I don't see it making it's debut anytime soon.

        This is what i call a Flying Car -

        http://shieldtv.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/S.H.I.E.L.D._Flying_Car.jpg
        William.Farrel
  • Self-driving flying cars? Google could be linked to stealth venture

    This is the year of the flying car!!!

    I'm all for the self driving car which Google is working on. That would make my life so much easier. The FAA probably wants to get involved in the flying cars. Waiting for the day when this technology becomes reality.
    Loverock.Davidson
    • Re: FAA and flying cars

      Moller has been working with the FAA on certification. As outlined on their timeline toward their Official First Flight:

      April 4, 2012 to June 6, 2014:

      ● FAA final certification inspection; safety equipment check, engine ground tests. Repair/replace any items necessary. Conduct communications and telemetry checks; manned/tethered flight. Reduction of test data for FAA; first flight/pre-flight inspection. Final FAA permission to fly.

      ● Submit final Test Plan to FAA for approval

      June 11, 2014:

      ● Official First Flight, Manned and Un-Tethered
      WhoRUKiddin
  • One word.

    "Skynet"
    William.Farrel
  • Battery powered vertical lift

    Battery powered vertical lift with current battery technology means about 5 minutes of flight time. Not practical at all. Still looks cool.
    paul2011
    • I agree

      Battery powered vertical lift will require a great deal of advancement in battery tech to get to a usable point. Rotary gasoline engines however, are there now and deliver the right performance needed for fuel economical vertical lift aircraft.

      The Skycar uses an engine that can burn almost any fuel from diesel to natural gas so that worldwide refueling can be accommodated by what is locally available. Using gasoline, the Skycar can be expected to get over 20 mpg. With a range of 750 miles, the logistics associated with refueling the shorter-range helicopter can be eliminated.
      WhoRUKiddin
  • Google is related to piracy,copying and stealing technology

    Please do not associate Google with flying cars, Google are thieves in suits.
    Owl;Net
    • What have they stolen?

      Don't think you can list a thing.
      jessepollard
      • Worms

        Get oxygen from somewhere else.
        Owl;Net