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An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

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Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. (www.theverge.com) More...

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rhazzed
Eric Powell 1
Gotta love German engineering.. always pushing forward with technology.
indy2001
indy2001 1
Drivers have proven that they can't consistently manage 2-dimensional movement, and now we're talking 3 dimensions? I'm all for technological innovation, but this is just plain stupid. Throw away all the money you like on development, but I'm hoping the Jetsons are still decades away.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
I agree somewhat, but you will need both a pilots licence if I read it correctly. More to the point, what would the insurance premium be on a dual air/ land vehicle? I can just picture granny/gramps or anyone for that matter giving it a bump and while you can usually drive away with a dented bumper.......dented wing, not so much! Interesting concept from day one and its evolution.
Highflyer1950
Highflyer1950 1
oops, should read both a pilots and drivers licence.
Jeantheuser
Jean P. 3
Germany has one the best car companies and their technology always fascinate me.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
Looks like a tiny scale model in the video. Note that there is never any person or object close to this machine while flying, so we can not judge the actual size.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
Provided all shots are of the same aircraft then there are clear indications it is full-scale. At the one minute mark you can see two people working on the aircraft, and the final moments showing the landing allow size comparisons relative to the taxiway.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
Yes, I saw that also, but once the thing actually lifts off the people stand far away, and the size of the taxiway could also be doctored. Mind you, it could also be for real, I just would prefer better indications for the size.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
Lillium is working with and enjoying the backing of the European Space Agency, and I would imagine some of their staff would be on hand for this event. I can't imagine that Lillium would fake this event.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
That's a very good argument Torsten, so it's probably legit.
linbb
linbb 0
Oh good they now have combined two things that never will do more than fleece the investors be it government or private.
Molt Taylor tried the flying car many many years ago it didn't work then and wont work now. That goes for a practical electric aircraft that will do much of anything.

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