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Google's Larry Page has a thing for flying cars

Posted on Friday, June 10 2016 @ 14:14:01 CEST by


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It's a slow news day but one of the interesting stories making the rounds today talks about Larry Page's fascination for flying cars. The CEO of Alphabet has reportedly invested over $100 million on Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, two startups that are working on (self)flying cars:
But better materials, autonomous navigation systems, and other technical advances have convinced a growing body of smart, wealthy, and apparently serious people that within the next few years we’ll have a self-flying car that takes off and lands vertically—or at least a small, electric, mostly autonomous commuter plane. About a dozen companies around the world, including startups and giant aerospace manufacturers, are working on prototypes. Furthest along, it appears, are the companies Page is quietly funding. “Over the past five years, there have been these tremendous advances in the under­lying technology,” says Mark Moore, an aeronautical engineer who’s spent his career designing advanced aircraft at NASA. “What appears in the next 5 to 10 years will be incredible.”
Full details at Bloomberg.



 



 

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