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Boeing's flying car prototype, dubbed PAV, has successfully completed its first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle in Virginia.
Boeing NeXt, which leads the company's urban air mobility efforts designed and developed the electric car craft to fly passengers above congested city streets.
Electricity - Prototype - Takeoff - Hover - Landing
Powered by electricity, the prototype completed a controlled takeoff, hover and landing during the flight, which can carry people up to 50 miles (80km).
The company, which produces both military and commercial jets, will continue testing to advance the safety of on-demand autonomous air transportation.
Test - Flights - Passenger - Air - Vehicle
Future test flights of the passenger air vehicle (PAV) will test forward, wing-borne flight, as well as the transition phase between vertical and forward-flight modes.
This transition phase between vertical and forward is the most engineering challenge for any high-speed Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft.
Companies - Versions - Cars - Taxis - Airbus
Many companies are working on their own versions of flying cars and taxis like Airbus SE and Textron.
In 2017, Boeing acquired aviation and aeronautics research company Aurora Flight Sciences, who has partnered with Uber to develop a network of flying taxis.
Aurora - Flights - Founding
Aurora has flown over 30 unpiloted flights since its founding in 1989.
At the time, Boeing said that the acquisition would be key in the further development of...
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