Flying cars may soon find a place to park in Florida
The Sixties Cartoon Series The Jetsons is best known for his depiction of a future that never seems to draw near (other than video phones). And nothing of this future is more lamented than the prolonged absence of George Jetson’s flying electric car.
The bad news: there are still no flying electric cars. The good news: Florida is building a place to park them.
the New York Times reports that the city of Orlando and a German aviation company have unveiled plans to build a 56,000 square foot hub for flying cars – the first in the United States.
What the developers call a “vertiport” is expected to be finished by 2025. At that point, commuters and visitors alike will be able to hop over the state’s infamously congested highways and land with a buzz in the city famous for its futuristic theme parks.
A vertiport to park flying electric cars
As George Jetson might say, is “Jane, stop this madness”?
Well, a vertiport is only useful if there are verticars to park. the Time Munich-based aviation company Lilium is reporting flying taxis that will take off vertically from the hub, reaching a top speed of 186 miles per hour.
The fine print: these planes are still in the development phase. Earlier this year, the first prototype of the Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft was destroyed in fire.
But build a flying parking lot and maybe the flying cars will come.
The edge reports that Lilium COO Remo Gerber says commuters “can connect to Tampa in 30 minutes, which is a notorious 1.5 to 2 hour commute. There is no other way to do it. But you can’t just go to Tampa, but you can go even further, two more minutes and you’re in St. Petersburg.
This month, American scientist named electric aviation as one of the top 10 emerging technologies. But he suggested the batteries to make that possible wouldn’t really be ready for five years. Fortunately, this is when the vertiport should be finished.
The Orlando board has approved more than $ 800,000 in potential tax refunds to Lilium.
Jerry L. Demings, Mayor of Orange County, says, “It’s really The Jetsons come true in the backyard of Central Florida.
To see the Time history here.