AD #2133 – Viper Production Ends in August, Flying Cars on the Horizon, JLR Teams with Gorillaz to Find New Talent

June 19th, 2017 at 11:52am

Runtime: 8:25

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- JLR Teams with Gorillaz to Find New Talent
- GM Expands in Texas
- Le Mans Highlights
- Viper Production Ends in August
- Flying Cars on the Horizon
- Benefits of Platform Sharing

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16 Comments to “AD #2133 – Viper Production Ends in August, Flying Cars on the Horizon, JLR Teams with Gorillaz to Find New Talent”

  1. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Flying cars were going to take over the world almost 70 years ago, but it didn’t happen. I have my doubts that it will happen this time either.

    https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa-museum/museum-collection/aircraft-collection-folder/1949-taylor-aerocar—n4994p

  2. John McElroy Says:

    Actually we shouldn’t call them flying cars. We should call them drones. And this whole drone thing is going to be big.

  3. Buzzerd Says:

    I used to watch a bit of the ALMS series and the 24hrs or Le Mans but found they spent to much time talking about the LMP classes, which I have little to know interest in.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Yeah, I wasn’t be too serious in comparing Aerocar with the current stuff. Still, I tend to be skeptical, given the short run time of battery powered multi-rotor craft, and other issues, if there were many of them in densely populated areas. We shall see. Well, I may not, as I’m getting up in age.

  5. Buzzerd Says:

    John when they talk about ” sharing platforms” what are they really talking about? Is it really that much work to make a new one or is more from a production standpoint that the benefit comes from? I’ve seen pictures the odd time when they show new verses old platforms and to me I usually don’t see much difference.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Actually, some of the machines mentioned in the Wards article are more modern Aerocar-like machines.

  7. Max Says:

    That’s all we need is flying cars whose “pilots” or “drivers” will be texting, talking and finding new ways to be distracted from up above. Without strict rules, regulations, and a whole new air traffic control system, those things will be dropping out of the sky like raindrops!

  8. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I too remember Aerocars soliciting investors when I was a teenager, and while technology is way ahead of the mid-sixties, I still think it is a stretch for any serious integration in the near future. They will, or certainly will be autonomous; otherwise they will be dead on arrival. There are already more than enough near-misses with piloted (professional) airplanes; how many drones would be too much in a quickly crowded sky. Notice that they always present their view of the future in a vacant sky; in order for them to work they would have to be ubiquitous, so a economics of scale could be realized (as automobiles are today).

  9. cwolf Says:

    IMO aerocars are in the same category as amphibious cars; There is never a demand, cost a ton and both do not perform any function well.

    JLA’s hiring app isn’t that unique. I just took a 3 hour test while being monitored on-line. But I must say it is convenient for both parties.

  10. Steve Says:

    The Bob Cummings Show featured a flying car in 1961. I used to watch it when I was a kid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIn7jLPV4E

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    8 Chuck said “Notice that they always present their view of the future (re. drones, etc.) in a vacant sky;” That reminds me of car ads. You nearly always see a lone car in an attractive environment, You don’t see many traffic jams in car ads.

  12. BobD Says:

    RE: Aero cars… If battery powered, that will take “range anxiety” to a whole nother level.

    Also John, did you really mean terranean or terrestrial when you said “airborne vs. subterranean mobility”? I don’t think anyone is promoting tunneling mole-mobiles, at least not yet.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    12 With a quad or hex rotor machine, if the batteries die, so will the occupant, in all likelihood. Fixed wing airplanes can glide, regular helicopters can autorotate, but multirotor machines can do neither, if they are fixed pitch, as all are that I’m aware of.

  14. omegatalon Says:

    Look at toys and you can see the direction a flying car might take which means the usage of quad rotors.

    Such a vehicle would be most likely be powered by fuel cell that converts Hydrogen into electricity.

    The flying cars would need some assembly as the driver would need to connect the blades to each of the four rotors; the driver would need to set a course with the FAA before takeoff.

  15. Ukendoit Says:

    BobD, Elon Musk of SpaceX (& Tesla) is proposing subterranean transportation, hence the Uber/Musk debate. Click on my name for the link to SpaceX’s “Hyperloop” page. The Hyperloop is based in Hawthorne, CA and was first proposed back in 2012. Now they have a 1 mile test track and hope to push speeds of 1000km/hr or even up to 760MPH. They have been approved for California, Germany, and I heard they are trying for the East coast (US), too.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop

  16. BobD Says:

    Ukendoit. Thanks for the link. I had forgotten about the hyperloop proposal and the possibility that part of it would be underground. Now John’s commentary makes a lot more sense. My bad.