The Era Of The Flying Car Is Closer Than You Think

Sep. 04, 2016 1:08 PM ETAAPL, AIR, BA, BYDDF, EADSY, GE, GOOG, GOOGL, LMT, TM, TSLA50 Comments


  • A review of the leading flying car companies, some of which have flying cars for sale today.
  • How do investors invest in the flying car industry.
  • On August 25, Airbus announced its plans for a flying car (bus) - the CityAirbus.
  • Perhaps Google, Apple, Boeing or Elon Musk will take on the challenge.

The concept of the flying car is not new. In fact flying cars have been around since the 1930s, with the 1937 Aerobile, the 1947 Airphibian and the 1956 Aerocar. Then in the 1980s and 90s Boeing (BA) developed the Sky Commuter (later scrapped), followed by Paul Moller's Skycar. On TV we saw flying cars in the "Jetsons" and in the movie "Back to the Future." Now what seemed impossible is on the brink of coming sooner than you think.

Today there are a number of companies that have successful flying car prototypes and some with plans for commercial production. Bloomberg reported that "about a dozen companies around the world, including startups and giant aerospace manufacturers, are working on prototypes." And, "Google co-founder Larry Page has two secret flying car companies" working on developing a flying car that "he is funding ...with his personal monies." Apparently "a reporter spotted patent filings showing Zee.Aero was working on a small, all-electric plane that could take off and land vertically -- a flying car."

Flying car concept - perhaps this is really what Apple (AAPL) is working on?


You can read a purely fictional article here on the flying Apple car -- perhaps it will be true one day.

Meanwhile in Europe there is a flying car project known as "MyCopter". You can read more here.

MyCopter- The European project to enable technologies for personal aerial transportation systems


Terrafugia (private)

Terrafugia is a privately held company based in Woburn, Mass.

Their flying car (TF-X) is a hybrid electric, semi-autonomous flying car with vertical take-off and landing. A bit like a helicopter and a plane combined, but also functional as a car.

The company states on its website that "top speed is 200mph, with a flying range of 500 miles. The TF-X is designed to

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