STUTTGART, Germany - Once upon a time, flying cars were a staple of science fiction. And yet here we are, in the November 2019 once dreamed of in the 1982 movie "Blade Runner," and we're still not whizzing above neon-lit cityscapes in futuristic contraptions. However, the long-expected travel convergence between automobile and aircraft may finally be about to unfold, writes Miquel Ros for CNN. Continue reading original article
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
November 27, 2019-A 2018 study by Porsche Consulting forecasts that the urban air mobility market will pick up speed after 2025. The study also indicates that urban air mobility (UAM) solutions will transport passengers more quickly and efficiently than current conventional means of terrestrial transport, at a lower cost and with greater flexibility.
Porsche's Stuttgart, Germany neighbor Mercedes-Benz has also dipped its toes into the UAM world with its investment into Volocopter. China's Geely (owner of Volvo) and Japan's Toyota are also putting money into the nascent sector which will soon help ferry people above urban gridlock.
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor