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Taking a flying car to work, Flying Taxi

Taking a flying car to work, Flying Taxi


As an office worker, squeezing public transport at rush hour can be a headache. When the car packed too packed, when you were “caught attacking” multiple people breathless, is it also had hoped that if the commuter car can be neat and quiet, comfortable and comfortable it? Recently, at an exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, the railroad company introduced the concept of a commuter train of the future as an “ideal train”, which is completely different from the previous impression of a commuter car.


Car interior silencer seat, equipped with a Tablet PC rack, as well as deck people can rest comfortably … … If you are sitting in such a commuter car to go to work, the life experience should be greatly enhanced.


In fact, in addition to the “ideal train” concept commuter car, people are always trying to find more convenient and comfortable commuter tools. From autopilot buses, to flying taxis, to flying cars, some are conceptual design stages, and some are already in the experimental test drive phase. Look at these future vehicles, which one do you want to go to work?

“Ideal train”

A deck with a fitness room focus on experience

Recently, Deutsche Bahn introduced a conceptual model of a future commuter car called “The Ideal Train” at an exhibition in Nuremberg as a big move to change the commute in the morning and subverted the impression of commuter trains.

Divide the area by function


According to a full-size new concept train model taken on November 7 in Nuremberg, Germany, “Ideal Train” is a double-decked design. All internal use of sound-absorbing seat, if you want to be alone, you can choose a similar single compartment seat, if you like the lively, you can choose to sit in the lounge couch or deck.

Car compartments by function, a dining area, equipped with a tablet rack, etc., to those who like to play games prepared with a TV remote control unit and a single room, but also to fitness enthusiasts prepared with a “digital coach” fitness Room, so that different office workers take full advantage of commuting time.


To compete with the driverless


Deutsche Bahn hopes that the future of “Ideal Train” will be a strong competitor to driverless private cars. Because at the moment, driverless can be said to be a major trend, and trains want to compete with them, you have to work hard to create an environment and personal experience.


It is reported that the concept of this “ideal train” was raised during a trip exploring the future modes of transport.


Driverless bus

Automatic recognition of roadblocks

In fact, a few weeks before the ideal train concept commuter car was unveiled, Germany has introduced driverless buses. According to foreign media reports, the German state-owned railway company Deutsche Bahn has launched a driverless bus at a local town. Starting in 2018, the new bus will operate in several test routes in several German cities, including Hamburg, the country’s second largest city.


Bus can take 12 free ride


The driverless bus operates in the town of Bad Brynbach in the spa town of Southeastern Germany. It runs about 8 minutes via the city center, the train station and several hot springs. Bus can take 12 people, passengers can now free ride.


Richard Lutz, chief executive of the Bundesbank, said on his visit: “We have just entered a new era of transport.” The Bundesbank hopes that the future of such buses will be like a private car, Home directly to the station.


No control device stops automatically


It is noteworthy that the bus manufacturer is EasyMile in France. This is a self-driving company that develops electric commuter vehicles. As early as 2015, the company’s EZ10 driverless bus was officially put out of the lab.

Like the cars that EasyMile used to make, there was no control inside such a driverless bus on the road in Germany recently. After the bus stop automatically stop, passengers need to manually control the car after closing. Bus before the operation, you need to set the GPS route, with the help of sensors, cameras and computers to identify roadblocks, automatic braking, but can not bypass the roadblocks. The car is equipped with a staff member, if necessary, for safety intervention.

Flying taxi

Avoid traffic congestion in the city

Have you ever experienced such a thing as catching a traffic jam and hoping to float in the air and fly over the slowly crawling traffic? As early as 50 years ago, the general public had the imagination about various flying cars.



A month ago, a division of Aerospace’s Airbus-based Silicon Valley unit, A-3 (also known as A-cubed), was ready to test a taxi driver unmanned. Currently, A “3 is assembling a single The first prototype of a seat, electric and self-piloting space shuttle, known as Vahana, was inspired by Hindu mythology and a flying carpet.


Book your flight taxi service with APP

Vahana’s project manager, predicts the personal plane will not be parked in people’s private lanes. Volkswagen is likely to book flight taxi services in the same manner as regular taxi or taxi services to avoid congested city traffic.


“The current thinking is that users subscribe to the flight taxi service through the APP and then to the nearest takeoff.” From the very beginning we will use the helicopter landing ground and the existing infrastructure and later expand to even more Modern infrastructure. ”


The “Vahana” aircraft can take off vertically, convert it into a horizontal flight, and finally land vertically on the helideck. Paired flip wing, plus a total of eight pillars outside the carbon fiber passenger cabin. After a single full charge of “Vahana” prototypes, the estimated range is 50 to 70 kilometers.


Automate all pre-flight checks


“On your way to the plane, Vahana does all the preflight checks automatically and communicates with the ATC to provide its flight plan. When you get on the plane, fasten your seat belt and confirm After taking off preparations, Vahana will take you directly over the congested traffic. ”


Unlike the ground, Airbus said there is a huge space over the city. “Without an hour or an hour and a half, you can reach your destination in just 15 minutes, and I can not think of something more exciting than having a vehicle like Vahana, which saves you a lot of time. I think it will have far-reaching impact on future traffic. ”


It is estimated that Vahana sitting for every user charges the same cost as a taxi.

City Airbus

Ground test completed to accommodate four passengers

With the exception of Vahana, Airbus’ CityAirbus project is also about urban air traffic. According to reports, Airbus developed CityAirbus, an electric flight taxi, which completed the ground test last month. It is estimated that flight testing will be conducted before the end of next year, taking the flight passenger service further.


Shape resembles a helicopter


The aerospace giant confirmed its first flight target after the successful completion of a full ground test of the CityAirbus propulsion system at Airbus Helicopters.


CityAirbus is a multi-passenger, self-propelled, electric vertical lift designed for urban air transport. Throughout the testing period, Airbus’s technical team carefully examined the performance of the auger and the integration of the full-size propulsion unit with two propellers, electric West Siemens motors, and all electrical systems.


CityAirbus can accommodate up to four passengers, using Siemens electric motors, vertical take-off and landing of all-electric vehicles, the shape resembles a helicopter, but the difference is CityAirbus uses four small propellers, thereby reducing flight noise and effectively reduce the overall Volume, in order to take off and land flights in the crowded metropolitan area.


Speed up to 120 km


Airbus’s plan to fly a taxi project is intended to address the ground transportation challenges with the CityAirbus initiative. Air taxi operating mode will be similar to the current popular network car, the user can use mobile applications to book vehicles. CityAirbus operates like a car sharing fleet and believes new aircraft can replace millions of ground vehicles around the world.


Airbus said that the taxi will initially be equipped with a pilot, but as technology advances, it will use a fully automated operating system. In addition, flying taxis will fly on fixed routes at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. The full-size validation machine will conduct a ground test first and is expected to conduct a power-on test in the first half of next year, meaning that all motors and electric systems will be powered on for the first time. The first flight is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. Initially, the test machine will be driven by remote control and will be piloted by test pilots later on.

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Patrick Goh Mr. Patrick Goh B.S is a research engineer with more than 10 years in industry of IT, Engineering and Financial market experience. In 2013, he joined financial institute’s research team as R&D software engineer mainly researching on technical analysis, inter-market correlation and fundamental factor in leveraged trading instrument using machine learning technique and programming algorithmic trading strategy by quantifying trader sentiment behind the price movement.


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