Boeing And Porsche Developing A Flying Car
Flying cars are a thing of science fiction. However, this particular notion is about to get blurred out.
This is the prospect right now as Porsche and Boeing will team up to produce the first flying car. The announcement was made after a month when the Taycan–the first electric car of Porsche–was released.
Together with Boeing, this high-end car manufacturer decided that it is the right time to create “premium personal urban air mobility vehicles.” In short, what Porsche is trying to say is that it wants to manufacture deluxe flying cars.
The partnership between Porsche and Boeing was forged through a non-exclusive memorandum of agreement. In this agreement, it has pertained that the two companies will venture to research and develop the viability of aircraft that have vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities.
However, it had to be emphasized that these two companies are not guaranteed that they will produce flying cars together.
The only catch here is that they are both enthusiastic about the development of such a technology. The market that awaits after this particular vehicle will be developed is too broad to be ignored.
Of course, it is not only profit that drives these two giants to work hand-in-hand. They also envision that they can divert urban traffic into space, which in retrospect, is something that should have been explored a long time ago.
Steve Nordlund, the Boeing NeXt vice president, and general manager has explained the importance of his company’s collaboration to Porsche.
“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand,” Norlund said in an interview.
“Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style, and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide,” he then followed.
The agreement also highlights that Aurora, the subsidiary of Boeing, will take part in this project. After they are able to conceptualize the commercial viability of the VTOL technology, they will incorporate it into vehicles so that the latter will gain the ability to fly.
Another aim of this project is to ensure that the vehicle will be able to fly and hover short distances–across cities. It has not been stated if they are planning to make a flying vehicle that can fly across states, but many believe that it will be the future of this venture.
Just earlier this year, a prototype design of Aurora was tested on flying capabilities. It was a success since the vehicle was able to take off. However, it was not able to maintain its hovering position on the air. Specifically, it only managed to stay on the air for a few seconds before it landed.
The said test was conducted in a research facility in Virginia.
However, it should be noted that it is not only Boeing that is interested in the creation of the VTOL technology. Other aerospace companies are also racing their way to monopolize this particular market.
A notable example is the Vahanna, a European-based aerospace company. The latter has already made some significant progress. A good proof of this is the successful test flight of the Vahanna OWB aircraft last 2018.
But unlike Boeing and Porsche, Vahanna has different intentions when it comes to its desire to build electric flying cars. According to the company, they will use these flying vehicles as a mode of public transportation. In short, this particular aerospace company is gearing to make its very own aerial taxi network.
Meanwhile, transport and vehicle-related companies like Rolls-Royce, Kitty-Hawk, Lilium, and even Uber are on the same page as those aforementioned companies here.
Detlev von Platen, one of the top brass officials of the marketing and sales department of Porsche, mentioned that this project is capable of expanding its market exponentially.
“We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future,” Detlev said.
“In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel,” he continued.
It has been assured already that the capital needed to pursue this venture is already there. It has been estimated that the development of the technology for flying vehicles will cost a hundred billion dollars or more.