Traffic is bad, Uber is annoying, and you might get hit by a bus if you ride a bike. Why not get from point A to point B in your own flying taxi?
Although personal short-haul aircraft are something of a pipe dream, there’s clearly interest in getting them in the air. That’s the theory behind The GoFly Prize, a $2 million competition announced today that seeks to inspire the design and creation of “personal flying devices [for] the masses.”
Sponsored by Boeing, the competition urges teams “to leverage recent advances in propulsion, energy, lightweight materials, and control and stability systems to make the dream of personal flight a reality.” To be eligible for prizes, teams’ flying taxis should be usable anytime, anyplace, and by anybody. They should be “safe, ultra-compact, quiet, urban-compatible” and be able to fly one person up to 20 miles without refueling or recharging. They also need to take off and land vertically.