As part of its bid to revolutionise urban mobility, aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing announced yesterday (23 January) that it has successfully tested its autonomous “flying car”, reports Business Standard.
The company is locked in a tight race with its traditional competitor Airbus and many other firms to successfully launch self-flying vehicles with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
Boeing’s under-development model is a 30-foot-long aircraft which has attributes of a helicopter, drone as well as a fixed-wing plane. During the initial test at an airport in Manassas, Virginia, the prototype was able to hover a few feet above the ground for just under a minute and then make soft landing.
“This is what revolution looks like, and it’s because of autonomy,” president and chief executive officer of Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, John Langford, remarked. Read More