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Published on January 24th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise

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Boeing’s ‘Flying Car’ Lifts Off in Race to Revolutionize Urban Transport

Emergent Insight:

No matter how quickly and efficiently a company can build their products they are often hampered by their options to transport the goods. In this article from Reuters at venturebeat.com we see another reminder that alternate transportation methods like flying cars and trucks will give businesses more control over their logistics.

Original article:

Above: Boeing’s Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) prototype is shown during an inaugural test flight, in Manassas, Virginia, U.S., January 22, 2019.

Image Credit: Boeing/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) — Boeing said on Wednesday its flying car prototype hovered briefly in the air during an inaugural test flight, a small but significant step as the world’s largest planemaker bids to revolutionize urban transportation and parcel delivery services.

Boeing is competing with arch-rival Airbus SE and numerous other firms to introduce small self-flying vehicles capable of vertical takeoff and landing.

The investments, fueled by leaps in autonomous technology as much as frustration with road congestion, could change the face of the aerospace industry within the next decade.

Boeing’s 30-foot-long (9 meter) aircraft – part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing plane – lifted a few feet off the ground and made a soft landing after less than a minute of being airborne on Tuesday at an airport in Manassas, Virginia, Boeing said.

Future flights will test forward, wing-borne flight.

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