Many lone-wolf investors have tried to make their flying-car dreams come true, but so far they have all ended up very disappointed. Not only with the cars but also with an empty bank account. Now, everything seems to have changed.
Flying cars have been a dream for a long time, but when will it be a reality? Google`s Co-founder Larry Page can make the dream come true. He had funded the new company that is working with those new flying cars which is Zee.Aero.
Zee-Aero is not a part of Google or its holding company called Alphabet Inc. Zee-Aero is funded by Larry Page since the company’s launch in 2010. Zee-Aero started right next to Google`s headquarters in Mountain View in California.
Zee-Aero started to work on a small, all-electric plan which in now a flying car. Larry Page have many similarities to Elon Mush and Jeff Bezos. They are all spending their own money to make a better and safer world based on their own childhood dreams.
So far, Larry Page has spent more than $100 million on Zee-Aero, and the company has its airport hangar in Hollister where a pair of prototype aircraft takes regular test flights, according to Bloomberg. Zee-Aero also has a manufacturing facility on NASA`s Ames Research Center campus at the edge of Mountain View.
It`s more easy to build flying cars now than it was a decade ago. The technology is better, materials are better, and autonomous navigation systems are better. All this together can make the flying car dream come true within a few years from now.
Zee-Aero was led by Kroo, the Stanford aerospace professor. He wrote the original Zee-Aero patent, No 9,242,738, which shows a strange-looking one-seater aircraft. Now, the employees are experts in motor and battery hardware.
The company has hired some of the brightest young aerospace designers and they all come from places like NASA, SpaceX and Boing. But they are not alone. A handful of similar companies work on different types of flying cars.
In May E-volo from Germany conducted manned flights of its Volocopter, which is a two-seat aircraft powered by 18 propellers. Other companies in the same business with a different model are AeroMobil, Aviation, Lilium, Airbus and Terrafugia.
One of the co-founders of Pinterest, Paul Sciarra said that electric motors and batteries appeared to have applications well beyond the auto industry. He said:
«The goal is to build a product that impacts the lives of lots of people. Not just folks that are amateur pilots or wealthy, but everyone.»
An aeronautical engineer who`s spent his career designing advanced aircraft at NASA, Mark Moore, said that «over the past five years, there have been these tremendous advances in the underlying technology.»
«What appears in the next 5 to 10 years will be incredible.»
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