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Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by voyager, May 10, 2018.
Most likely a publicity stunt after the fatal Uber Autonomous Vehicle fatal accident.
Ever since Autopilot was invented in aviation industry since 1914, engineers keep saying they wouldn't need human pilots anymore very soon. Fast forward to now, after more than 100 years, they still say that day is coming out soon!
If NASA becomes involved, you can safely assume that 'the experts' are taking the whole eVTOL thing seriously. I would not be surprised when Musk reconsiders his objections against it, and comes up with a concept of his own... some time in the future.
A logical step would be small drones for package delivery just like how Amazon is working on.
When small autonomous drones are perfected, next logical step is to fly all those cargo planes with no people in it.
NASA has long term vision so waiting for another 104 years for another incremental progress is possible.
Silly Uber. Mechanical safety and weather issues make this idea a huge challenge. Add in the extreme noise and wind generation, it's a long ways off. If using the word TAXI is Uber's attempt to hint that this is some sort of flying car, Elon's got it covered. He's reminded people that it's already been invented and it's called a helicopter. Also, Bezo's PR drone debut was on 60 Minutes years ago and they have yet to materialize in any significant form. Like his rocket company, there is potential, but with him it'll take years. Blue Origin is older than SpaceX and they still haven't reached earth orbit.