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German made flying car to compete with Uber and Google prototypes

Konstantin Sheiko
April 25, 2018

A flying car concept that has always looked a bit too futuristic is starting to finally shape up, and might be a little closer to reality than we realise. A lot of prototypes have been showcased recently, and a lot of money is being tossed around, with influential players like Uber and Google deeply involved in their own projects. More people than ever seem to believe in the crazy notion that in the near future we will be buzzing between rooftops in private, autonomous drone-cars. Munich-based start-up company Lilium Aviation is yet another, most recent addition to a range of potential wanna be producers of flying cars. 

In many ways, electric-powered aviation is still in its infancy. Electric cars with thousand-pound batteries generally max out at 300 miles per charge. The most sophisticated electric aircraft today can barely muster an hour aloft at 99 mph - and that’s without vertical take-off and landing. But the German startup claims their battery technology will get the job done. Compared to other flights, they have extremely low power consumption.

The critics argue that the whole project seems fantastical, and that the concept of flying cars is ridiculous. Many inventors have gone broke, and some have died, trying to turn their fever dreams into reality. But that has not stopped many from trying. With better materials, autonomous navigation systems, and other technical advances, dozens of well-heeled investors are convinced that we are on the cusp of seeing flying cars, or at least small, electric, autonomously flown commuter planes take to the skies.