Today there are several "Blue Chip Companies" as well as "Newbie Companies" that are caught up in the HYPE to build an AIR TAXI!!!!! These companies have "GEE WIZ" designs that have impressed the IVY League Scholars and the nose in the air VC firms but none of these designs have thought about what happens without power/propulsion!
Venture Capital ought to know the definition of "Glide Path" but maybe they don't teach that in VC101....
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION- Glide Path: glide path
In aerodynamics, the lift-to-drag ratio, or L/D ratio, is the amount of lift generated by a wing or vehicle, divided by the aerodynamic drag it creates by moving through the air. ... The term is calculated for any particular airspeed by measuring the lift generated, then dividing by the drag at that speed
None of these companies speak of "Glide Path" or safety redundancies. Ignorance over common sense can equal catastrophic failure.
So you have a "GEE WIZ" design? Show us your safety redundancies in place. Will your aircraft "auto rotate" ? FEELING LUCKY? -
You only have less than 30 mins of flight time!? Not every landing with a parachute will be this lucky. Imagine landing in the middle of a hiway or electric transmission line.
Well that's what they say right? The UAV/UAS/FLYING CAR market is no different! As I stated a couple of years ago the toy market would soon have to pivot to pass the "Prosumer" market and transition into the hard commercial market. I also stated that we would soon see major "Blue Chip" companies try to dumb their current knowledge of aviation and engineering in order for there to be viable options.
Today Aston Martin revealed their "flying car concept"
Everyone and anyone is trying to get into this "pie in the sky" idea of developing a transformer that can drive on urban/city streets then all of a sudden jet off into the national air space. and so I must pose this question? Who thought making marijuana legal in California was a good thing for serious tech???
The amount of money that is being poured into this market is nothing short of asinine, but hell why not? All one has to do is pay a graphic artist to come up with some Star Trek shit and have Steven Speilberg produce a 45 second animation clip then PRESTO you're funded!
So as many watch as "Blue Chips" put out sexy graphics and animation. Entities that are looking to a realistic approach and investment in "true autonomy" have to start asking serious questions before writing that blank check.
These are just a few questions that are obviously not being addressed, but when you're stoned, starving and looking at pretty pictures and fancy video who can blame you?