Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk have been creating designs for flying automobiles fully individually, says Bloomberg, with Zee.Aero conducting take a look at flights of its prototypes at an airport about an hour’s drive away from Google’s Mountain View headquarters. Bloomberg reviews that Zee.Aero has employed aerospace designers and engineers from organizations together with NASA, Boeing, and SpaceX, and has been testing two single-seater prototype designs one that appears like a “small typical airplane” and one other with propellors dotted down its sides.
Beforehand recognized patents registered by Zee.Aero present a craft that matches this description, with a skinny central fuselage and twin rows of propellors like outriggers. The patent, filed in 2012, says the plane is able to vertical takeoff and touchdown (VTOL) and is described as a “secure, quiet, straightforward to manage, environment friendly and compact plane.” Not fairly a flying automobile, then, however definitely a imaginative and prescient of private aviation.
The opposite startup Web page has been investing in, Kitty Hawk, has reportedly been constructing its personal craft “that resembles a large model of a quadcopter drone,” in keeping with Bloomberg’s sources. The startup is smaller than Zee.Aero, and stored separate from its older rival. A few of its engineers come from AeroVelo — a agency that beforehand received the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize in 2013 for constructing a human-powered helicopter that may keep aloft for greater than a minute (see the video beneath). And Kitty Hawk would not be the primary agency to design a quadcopter-inspired plane; related ideas have been floated by Chinese language agency Ehang and even constructed by lone engineers.