rpmGo.com

Follow @rpmgo

MyCopter project – the beginning of flying car generation

We have all seen those movies with flying cars! At that moment, they looked like a fantasy that never could become reality. But how would you feel about traveling between homes and working places or flying at low altitude in your city? We know: it would be great. Apparently, this could be possible: the European Union is preparing for the next generation of city cars with MyCopter project, combining ground-based and air-based transportation. In fact, this could be the solution to traffic jams.

In order to finalize this project, a personal air transport system (PATS) could be created, which to overcome the environmental and financial costs associated with all of the current methods of transport.

Although this flying car generation raises a set of other problems (such as careless drivers, preventing accidents, lack of orientation lines etc.), the idea behind the EU project is to set up a framework which allows even the most unwise drivers to safely “fly”. So, the project will use new automation technologies for obstacle avoidance, path planning and formation flying, which could also be used in other aerospace applications.

What do you think about the flying car project?

[Source: MyCopter]

M200G Volantor flying car

The new hybrid air-mobiles, will be fully automates so all the users would be just passengers. I am not talking now about flying saucers, I am talking about flying cars. A company from U.S. will start the series production for the firs flying car, which can fly up to a high of three meters from the ground so you don’t need a pilot certificate) and can carry two passangers.

Moller International already started to produce the parts for the M200G Volantor, a more realistic model then the old Cell Craft G440. “The best car for bad roads” as Dr. Paul Moller said, it will have the dimensions of a small car with a few differences like the fact that it will be able to take off vertically and land. Also the company announced that you will be able to drive your car above any surface, even above water. If you want to have one, you need to participate to an auction and have 150.000$.

To fly or not to fly: that is the question

One of the most well known pioneer in the field of personal computers and electric vehicles is british Sir Clive Sinclair (apropos, in the past have you used this type of PC?). In an interview on the radio BBC Radio 4 said that flying cars will be ready for take-off soon.

He also stated that “flying machines are perfectly possible to achieve technically” and “the propulsion must be electric, because internal combustion engines are not reliable enough”. Sir Clive Sinclair is currently producing a foldable minibike A-Bike which sells quite good.

Of course there’ll be a lot of questions: What is the maximum speed? How can we use the break? Do we have lights? Meanwhile we’re still waiting for the day when we’ll be able to pilot these flying machines.

How about you? What do you think about it?

Cell Craft G440 flying concept car

Is everyone going mad or we’d better start getting out more? I mean, after earlier today we presented the diving car, here’s another crazy concept car. The Cell Craft G440 is a flying concept car, designed by Dr. Paul Moller and Gino d’Ignazio Gizio from Cell Craft. With this car sporting seven seats, I can only imagine the discussions: “So, when did you get your driving…uhm…flying license? – Well, two months ago. – Hmm, thanks, but I’ll walk!”

The Cell Craft G440 features four turbines which allow VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing), simplified controls with just two levers (thrust and steering) the car is capable of high-speed horizontal flight and easy handling. The left lever handles power while the right manages tilt and direction. The left lever also features a trigger-like control that allows the G440 to spin on its axis by computer-controlled thrust tube adjustments to the exhaust tubes of each of the four turbines.

So, what do you say? Would you slap your kid if would come and ask you “Hey, dad, can I take my girlfriend out with the Cell Craft?”. You can drop a comment here.

Also, check out more photos after the jump.
(more…)