People have been waiting for flying cars for a long time.
Since the Space Age, motorists have been dreaming of the time when their four wheels would lift off the ground and commutes would be shorter, faster and in the sky.
CNET’s Road Show shares what the hold-up has been over the past century:
“A decade ago, autonomous tech was too weak to support the complexity of functions required to safely keep a network of vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) vehicles in the air,” Manuel Carrillo III writes.
Now, as technologists are contemplating self-driving road-based cars, others are looking to the skies again, ready to leverage today’s sophisticated systems to reignite the airborne personal travel dream.
The general consensus is that flying cars — or at least flying taxis — are less than 10 years away to becoming mainstream.
One of the more buzzed about flying car projects is BlackFly, an all-electric personal aerial transportation system that is gearing up for a 2019 release.
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One of the most exciting things about this aircraft — from its easy maneuverability, the lack of a requirement to go through pilot’s training, and its SUV-range price tag — is the fact that it’s powered exclusively by electric battery.
The BlackFly can fly 25 miles on a single charge. While that might not seem super far, for commuters, that’s just the range they’re looking for.
But… what if it could go farther?
As automotive and flight technology develops and converges, perhaps another convergence is poised to take place. Enter WigL.
Like flying cars, people have dreamed about wirelessly delivered power for 100 years, since the time of Nikola Tesla, and now with the Wireless-electric Grid LAN technology (Patent No. 9,985,465), its time has also come.
Just as WiFi delivers data by transmitting and receiving information via signal, WigL uses the same general idea to transmit and receive electricity.
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The technology has countless applications. At home, WigL turns house AC outlets into transmitters that would keep things like cell phones, appliances and toys charged and humming.
In the world, smart WigL power could be sent from land-based towers or even satellites to predetermined receivers.
With the BlackFly, the implications are huge. Suddenly a 25-mile flying car has unlimited potential, as power along predetermined routes keeps the battery full and the BlackFly in the air.
(We already talked about how land-based electric cars would benefit; this is a natural extension of that.)
It would change the face of the transportation industry.
As Alan Eustace — former Senior Vice President of Knowledge at Google, record-holding free-fall jumper and BlackFly Board Member — said, “Things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short period.”
Interested in changing the face of the world as we know it? Contact WigL for licensing options or to learn more.