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    Mercedes-Benz invests in future flying cars

    by contentdeveloper on Sunday, Oct 01 2017

    Future auto industry will be very different from what we know of today. The future automobile industry will be all about green cars, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and more. This also seems to include flying cars. Self driving cars and mini flying cars have been part of sci-fi movies for many years, but now they are going to turn into reality. The fully autonomous, driver-less cars are already making big headlines, and several auto majors are going to roll them out within just a few years. Now, if autonomous cars are becoming reality, then why not flying cars? German luxury auto major, Mercedes-Benz has actually approved the concept of flying cars or flying transportation system in daily life.

    Future auto industry will be very different from what we know of today. The future automobile industry will be all about green cars, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and more. This also seems to include flying cars. Self driving cars and mini flying cars have been part of sci-fi movies for many years, but now they are going to turn into reality. The fully autonomous, driver-less cars are already making big headlines, and several auto majors are going to roll them out within just a few years. Now, if autonomous cars are becoming reality, then why not flying cars? German luxury auto major, Mercedes-Benz has actually approved the concept of flying cars or flying transportation system in daily life.

     

    Apart from advance electric cars and self-driving cars, it is also thought that the future auto industry will be focused on shared rides, and the flying car concept is also based on the same idea. Mercedes-Benz is also working to be future ready and is grabbing eyeballs with its luxury EV concepts which will soon enter production, but it has surprised many with its recent investment in flying taxi and drone company Volocopter. Mercedes-Benz has revealed to the media that it thinks that flying cars is a part of the potential future automotive industry, and thus, it has invested in what it thinks will be beneficial for the company.

     

    As per Mercedes-Benz’ research and development head, Ola Kallenius, the company has done the most sensible thing in the world by investing in Volocopter. Kallenius pointed out what the three-pointed star logo of the company actually means. He said that Mercedes’ insignia originally meant to point the sea, the land and the air. He added by saying that the company has already focused a lot on the land for the last 100 years, indicating now it is time to take to the skies.

     

    Coming back to Volocopter, it is a small German firm which is aiming to lead the flying taxi market in the future, which will potentially offer a more affordable alternative to traditional helicopters and offer a shared ride service. Volocopter is also aiming to offer self-flying pilot-less flying taxis which would have room only for the passengers.

     

    Kallenius said that the concept of vertical takeoff and landing is very feasible to move people around in a flying taxi services, saving time and avoiding road congestion. Now, better-performing batteries have come into the picture, so flight time can be reached to up to 30 minutes. Although it doesn’t sound like much, for some situations a 30 minute flight is a significant improvement for many users.

     

    Kallenius also said that Dubai has already decided tripling the Volocopter models, and trials will start later this year. He added by saying that it will definitely considerable time for the flying drone taxis to replace the millions of cars on the roads, but it is certainly a very interesting and potentially large market in the future.

    So, get ready to be flown around in the future instead of being driven around.


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