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Flying taxis on the horizon as Mountain View-based company develops autonomous air shuttles

Original post made on Jul 9, 2020

A seemingly fantastical vision of self-piloting, flying cars ferrying people overhead may soon become a reality, as a Mountain View-based company develops what it describes as a flying, autonomous taxi cab.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 2:55 pm

Terrible idea , now we would have these things buzzing overhead adding to the noise.
I hope this dies any early death

Posted by GS
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:26 pm

It's not certified yet. It'll be another 15 years then. Good thing it has the unlimited money and lots of stupidity. Larry Page needs to learn the old saying, "The way to make millions of dollars in aviation is to start with billions."

Posted by Wouter Suverkropp
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 9, 2020 at 3:58 pm

More noise, to transport a tiny number of people. On top of that, they're quite big, it would not be fun if it fell out of the sky.
Finally there's the fun challenge of autonomous planes in very congested airspace (when flying in official airspace) or huge noise issues (assuming they somehow get permission to fly lower than is currently allowed for other planes.

Looks like it's going to be a while.

Posted by SJA
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:10 pm

2 of 3 comments are concerned about noise. However these appear to be electric. Electric cars are nearly silent, so it seems likely these would not make a lot of noise. From the article: "The latest iteration of the prototype is called Cora, an all-electric, propeller-driven vehicle powered by 12 small "lift" fans arranged in front of and behind the wings. The take-off is vertical, similar to that of a helicopter, and once Cora is in the air it can transition into airplane flying, Tanner said." Nonetheless, it's very hard for me to imagine these being safe to have in our skies any time in the near future, so I'm hoping that other than testing, they won't be allowed to fly within the next 10-25 years.

Posted by Wouter Suverkropp
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 9, 2020 at 5:47 pm

SJA, while engine noise will be low, most of the noise actually comes from the propellors on these planes. Check out a pipistrel video on YouTube - electric airplane, but the cockpit is just as loud as a normal ICE plane. So noise is a huge concern.
I share your view that this may 'take a while'!

Posted by pr newswire
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:13 pm

How much does the company contribute to the Voice, for printing their press release in whole?

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 3:14 am

Isn't WISK a division of SKYNET? Or maybe not yet. The important thing is that the rich have fun.

Posted by Li Zhao
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 7:59 am

This sounds like a potentially dangerous idea. Malfunctions will lead to many mishaps including death.

On the other hand, various components can be manufactured cost-effectively in China so it will be good for the Chinese economy.

Posted by Ben
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:16 am

Sign me up.

Posted by Dani
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2020 at 11:20 am

Not sure why everyone is so concerned about the safety of these airplanes. It's not that everybody thinks about private airplanes flying over their head every minute of the day, where no one knows what the training level of the pilot is, how fit he or she is today, of if he or she has an alcohol problem. All this would not even be a problem with these autonomous airplanes.

Posted by sula
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 14, 2020 at 11:11 pm

More to show us poor people how the entitled creative class may travel