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Cars Porsche and Boeing announce flying car project

03:45  12 october  2019
03:45  12 october  2019 Source:   autoexpress.co.uk

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Porsche and Boeing, the American aerospace company, have entered a partnership which will see the pair develop an all-electric flying car. Porsche analysts have forecast that the urban air mobility market will expand rapidly after 2025 – and the German company says this latest partnership will “enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer.”

Boeing is currently testing its own autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), which completed its first controlled vertical takeoff and landing in January 2019. The concept air vehicle is powered by an all-electric propulsion system, which is integrated into the vehicles wings, offering a claimed range of 50 miles.

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The two firms have agreed to work together on studying the potential for taking cars to the skies.

Porsche and Boeing flying car concept. Porsche had previously announced research into flying car taxis. Meanwhile, Boeing recently carried out the first test flight for a vertical takeoff vehicle with capacity for two to four passengers and an 80 km range.

Porsche flying car © Auto Express Porsche flying car The concept measures 9.14 metres long and 8.53 metres wide. Future tests will see the prototype achieve conventional wing-bourne flight, as well as the transition between vertical and forward flight modes – notoriously the most challenging engineering hurdle to overcome for any vertical takeoff and landing vehicle.

Technical details on Porsche and Boeing’s jointly developed air vehicle remain sparse, but the finished product will likely be an evolution of the latter company’s most recent effort. The two companies have confirmed their forthcoming concept will be a “fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle,” like Boeing’s PAV prototype.

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Porsche and Boeing are partnering not only to explore the possibility of flying cars but will build and test one, too. The flying car has been a dangling carrot in front of consumers for over half a century, and George Jetson’s flying car has been an unfulfilled promise for generations.

Porsche is the latest German car company to bet on airborne transport in cities of the future. The carmaker announced on Thursday that it has signed an understanding to work together with aircraft-maker Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to explore the development a prototype for an

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Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager of Boeing NeXt, said: “This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand.”

Engineers from both Porsche and Boeing will develop and test a prototype over the coming months, and analysts from both companies are currently assessing the market viability of personal premium urban air vehicles.

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