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#1 Jolldan

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:43 AM

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A flying car that will not require a pilot's licence to operate has been unveiled in California.

BlackFly can travel for up to 25 miles (40km) at a speed of 62mph.

 

Its makers say it will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car, but early models will be more expensive.

 

It was revealed on Thursday the company is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page.

 

Mr Page is also behind Kitty Hawk, a separate US start-up currently testing its personal aircraft in Las Vegas.

 

Several other rival flying cars are in development across the globe.

 

BlackFly's creator is the Palo Alto-based firm Opener. The car has been tested in Canada, where the country’s aviation authority has authorised its use.

 

Like Kitty Hawk, BlackFly could perhaps be more accurately described as a human-carrying drone. It is not designed to be driven on roads.

 

The vehicle carries one person in a small ****pit, powered by “eight propulsion systems, spread across two wings”.

 

It works best, Opener says, when taking off and landing from grassy surfaces.

 

'Total command'

“Watching BlackFly take flight just blew me away,” said Darren Pleasance, director of the US Experimental Aircraft Association. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

 

While the vehicle will not require a pilot's licence, Opener said as a precaution riders would have to undergo a training programme in order to become acquainted

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“Even though not required by Federal Aviation Administration regulations, BlackFly operators will be required to successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot written examination and also complete company-mandated vehicle familiarisation and operator training," it said.

 

“You have total command of three-dimensional space,” he told CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

 

“When you press the thumb-stick to climb, you have absolute full control. When you stop in the middle of the air and go off the joystick, the aircraft freezes.

 

“And when I say freezes… it literally freezes in the air.”

 

BlackFly can also fly autonomously, Mr Leng said.

 

'Will they crash? Probably'

Opener joins a long list of companies chasing the ultimate science fiction dream of a flying car, and thanks to rapid improvements in drone capabilities, that future seems closer than ever.

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As well as BlackFly and Kitty Hawk, companies such as Uber are also seeking to get into the flying car market - if indeed there ever is one.

 

The Hiller Aviation Museum in Northern California is a graveyard of failed attempts to create a flying car.

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But the museum’s head of operations, Willie Turner, believes this latest batch might be on to something - as long as aviation authorities can accommodate the new ideas.

 

“Now we have the technology,” he said.

 

“But the regulations are ‘well you can’t do this, you can’t do that’. They don’t understand it.”

 

He added: “Now will they crash? Probably, but cars crash every day.

 

“You know it’s not going to be foolproof but it will be much better than the current system we have now."

 

 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:06 PM

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:09 PM

The only way this ever happens is if they are all automated.  


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:21 PM

Video of it in action

 

The only way this ever happens is if they are all automated.  

Only way i see it happening wide spread usage anywhere in the near future would have to be some sort of track system sort of like cars in Minority Report that hover low to the ground where it can be more controlled with automated systems. That and getting it down to a reasonable price while still being safe which is the biggest challenge. 

 

Just flying around freestyle is never gonna be anything more than a rich man's toy or some ride/rental type deal at the beach or amusement park or something like that. 

 

Looks like fun. I like to try it but only after many many trials. 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:25 PM

Video of it in action
 

Only way i see it happening wide spread usage anywhere in the near future would have to be some sort of track system sort of like cars in Minority Report that hover low to the ground where it can be more controlled with automated systems. That and getting it down to a reasonable price while still being safe which is the biggest challenge. 
 
Just flying around freestyle is never gonna be anything more than a rich man's toy or some ride/rental type deal at the beach or amusement park or something like that. 
 
Looks like fun. I like to try it but only after many many trials.


Minority Report was exactly what I was thinking of when I typed that.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

Minority Report was exactly what I was thinking of when I typed that.

In more rural areas i could maybe see it being used as a primary mode of transportation in the future. Even though that thing doesn't seem to move that fast which is a plus for safety it's still as the crow flys so will still faster than roads and would be a lot more fun. 

 

In the city i don't see it happening without a track system that's automated because there would be WAY tew much air traffic to watch out for and way too many idiots crashing.. WEEEEEEEEE!!! look no hands. 

 

When quantum computers and nano tech become the next big huge push in tech we'll probably have teleport airports & automated taxis & trains before we ever have flying cars in cities.  


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:49 PM

Minority Report was exactly what I was thinking of when I typed that.

 

I watched that for the first time in a long time late last year.  The technology seen in the movie seems as if it was foreshadowing **** we have today.  Give it another decade and anytime you have a homicidal thought some dudes will come smashing through the windows of your house.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 03:54 PM

There's way too much maintenance involved in aviation for a flying car to be in every household. A flying vehicle can't simply break down... I can see maybe electric motors having the reliability, automation and being controllable to mass produce these things safely, but batteries will always be the big issue. Elon has plans for a supersonic electric vtol already but there aren't batteries that can power it.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 01:37 AM

now i didnt graduate with honours from an ivy league university like my homie vertFTW, but i cant see what could possibly go wrong with this idea.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 07:06 AM

No more potholes !!!

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 07:57 AM

No more potholes !!!

THAT is what you're excited about?  

 

Do you live in Canada? 


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:05 AM

THAT is what you're excited about?

Do you live in Canada?


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:16 AM

THAT is what you're excited about?

Do you live in Canada?


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:30 AM

they look ugly as fook
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 03:27 AM

this is like some chit straight outta the jetsons.  i wonder how theyll be able to set up police roadblocks to crack down on impaired drivers? or will they just call in some military jets to shoot them down or something?


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