Flying cars! Can Google's Larry Page succeed where so many have failed? | The Tylt
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page has secretly spent more than $100 million of his own money to develop flying cars. The company doing the work, Zee.Aero, now employs close to 150 people, and apparently the dream is already a physical reality. Bloomberg says there are now two electric-powered prototype aircrafts in a hanger near Zee.Aero's Mountain View, CA base, both of which are taking regular test flights.
Bloomberg says that "flying cars, of course, are ridiculous" and that "lone-wolf inventors have tried to build them for decades, with little to show for their efforts." But Larry Page is no lone wolf: he's a billionaire who can fund the most cutting-edge technology on the planet.
Additionally, NASA engineer Mark Moore told Bloomberg a "self-flying aircraft is so much easier than what the auto companies are trying to do with self-driving cars."
The challenges in terms of design, technology, safety, and regulation are Everest-sized. Can Page make his flying car dream a reality? Or is he just another Musk-style rich guy who watched too many Jetsons episodes?
#FyingCars4Real or #FlyingCarsNoWay? What do you think?
Flying cars! Can Google's Larry Page succeed where so many have failed?
We need fewer cars on our roads in JHB. That's all there is to it. Driving culture needs to be replaced with public/ alternative transport.— Vuyiswa Mutshekwane (@VieArem) May 31, 2016