& # 039; transformer & # 039; plane that could soon take it from LA to SF in less than an hour

AirSpaceX presented its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric plane is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of taking off and land vertically

The advances in electric motors, battery technology and autonomous software have triggered an explosion in the field of electric aerial taxis.

Larry Page, CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, has invested millions in the new aviation companies Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, which strive to create fully electric cabins.

It is believed that Kitty Hawk is developing a flying car and has already filed more than a dozen different aircraft records with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Page, who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998, has personally invested $ 100 million (£ 70 million) in the two companies, which have not yet publicly recognized or demonstrated their technology.

The reserved initiative Joby Aviation has come a step closer to making its flying taxi a reality.

The California-based company, which is building an all-electric flying taxi capable of taking off vertically, has received $ 100 million (£ 70 million) in funds from a group of investors led by Toyota and Intel.

The money will be used to develop the & # 39; megadrona & # 39; of the company, which can reach speeds of 200 mph (321 kph) powered by manganese oxide and nickel-lithium cobalt batteries.

The Joby S2 prototype has 16 electric propellers, 12 of which are designed for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), which means no track is needed.

AirSpaceX presented its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric plane is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of taking off and land vertically

AirSpaceX presented its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric plane is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of taking off and land vertically

The plane takes off vertically, like a helicopter, before folding 12 of its propellers so that it can glide like a plane once it is in the air.

Airbus is also working hard on a similar idea, with its latest prototype of the Vahana Project, the Alpha One brand, which successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018.

The self-guided helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds.

Airbus previously shared a well-produced conceptual video, showing its vision for the Vahana Project.

The footage reveals an elegant aircraft that flies by itself and that accommodates a passenger under a canopy that retracts similarly to a motorcycle helmet visor.

The prototype Airbus Project Vahana, with the Alpha One brand, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018. The self-guided helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds

The prototype Airbus Project Vahana, with the Alpha One brand, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018. The self-guided helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds

The prototype Airbus Project Vahana, with the Alpha One brand, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018. The self-guided helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds

Like Joby Aviation, the Vahana Project is designed to be fully electric and take off and land vertically.

AirSpaceX is another company with the ambition to take travelers to the skies.

The Detroit-based start-up promised to deploy 2,500 aircraft in the 50 largest cities in the United States by 2026.

AirSpaceX presented its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.

Like its closest rivals, the electric plane is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of taking off and landing in an upright position.

AirSpaceX has even included broadband connectivity for high-speed Internet access, so you can check your Facebook news source while you fly to work.

In addition to passenger and cargo services, AirSpaceX says that the vessel can also be used for medical and injury evacuation, as well as tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Acknowledgment (ISR).

Even Uber is working to make their transportation service in the air.

Nicknamed Uber Elevate, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tentatively discussed the company's plans during a technology conference in January 2018.

"I think it's going to happen within the next 10 years," he said.

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