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How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff

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Flight is about to get a lot more personal, says aviation entrepreneur Rodin Lyasoff. In this visionary talk, he imagines a new golden age of air travel in which small, autonomous air taxis allow us to bypass traffic jams and fundamentally transform how we get around our cities and towns. "In the past century, flight connected our planet," Lyasoff says. "In the next, it will reconnect our local communities."

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30 Comments on How autonomous flying taxis could change the way you travel | Rodin Lyasoff

  1. thingsofVoula // 20th July 2018 at 9:42 pm // Reply

    Does this contradict the tunnels Elon Musk is constructing underneath L.A? Personally I prefer tunnelling but this doesn’t sound bad.

    • I’m not sure whether or not the flying taxi will even be possible. Musk thinks its not, this is why he bet on the tunneling.

      The problems are primarily sound and wind. the loudest thing with helicopters are the rotors, not the engine.

      Sound proofing a highway is hard but possible. soundproofing the sky is impossible. So in the end there cant be so many of those in the sky and thus the price needs to be high.

    • tunnels have an earthquake problem though : /

    • thingsofVoula // 20th July 2018 at 10:05 pm // Reply

      aullik I agree, as Musk has mentioned in previous interviews that he wouldn’t want to risk being guillotined by a flying vehicle, and he made the viewers re-think flying aircrafts by asking them how they would feel if their neighbour owned one of the aircrafts. Yet through tunnelling, I think Time will be much more efficient for transportation. Electric flight does open new doors and brings more opportunities to the table, but quite frankly, I would save that for a fully functional “Airborne” architecturally styled city.

    • Shekaran Jag // 20th July 2018 at 10:10 pm // Reply

      Elon is right if you see it from a daily perspective… Having a drone buzzing over you and your house every now and then can be irritating.

      Same with case of Amazon’s dream of having drones deliver products… Not peaceful!

    • Yes, a dark confined space deep underground in an earthquake zone filled with methane (and other) deposits. What could go wrong?

  2. Mukhtar Abdi // 20th July 2018 at 9:43 pm // Reply

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  3. EP MOVIE VIEWS // 20th July 2018 at 9:46 pm // Reply

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  4. Jason Smith // 20th July 2018 at 9:46 pm // Reply

    Personally, I look forward to the day when we no longer have to own vehicles. No car payment, no insurance, no fueling up, no tickets, no maintenance, smaller parking lots. So much less stress.

  5. Rowan Hawklan // 20th July 2018 at 9:47 pm // Reply

    Hmmm Aldus Huxley anyone?


  7. Nope. For two reasons:

    1. Congested airspace. Everyone thinks the sky is empty and thus they, and they alone, will benefit. But add several hundred thousand of these things and the luster quickly tarnishes. Until electric flying vehicles are more reliable no one wants the extra noise and exhaust. The much cheaper solution is to actually invest in functional mass transit to provide alternatives to just driving.
    2. Liability costs when things go wrong. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” and with greater numbers of trips in the air, then the frequency of accidents and unplanned “landings” will happen.

  8. Blackfly

  9. Another Brick In The Wall // 20th July 2018 at 9:59 pm // Reply

    I am looking forward to our future!
    Let’s make this world a better one, one step after the other!

  10. Steven Baumann // 20th July 2018 at 10:09 pm // Reply

    I saw this movie. It was called 5th element. This won’t happen. Just like we were promised flying cars by 2000 in the 1950s.

  11. Mikkel Pless // 20th July 2018 at 10:10 pm // Reply

    Autonomous flying taxis are never going to work. NEVER. Nobody wants thousands of flying taxis above their heads. Just imagine the constant loud noises and the fear of having one crash on on to you. Elon’s plan with tunnels, is much much better. It creates no noise, you are never afraid of being hit and it is totally out of sight from the street except from entrances and exits.

    Also long range electric flying is not happening for about 15-20 years. Batteries are just not good enough today and needs massive improvements. The tunnel project is however something totally possible to build today and can both be used for short trips and much longer trips. All it needs is funding and people actively working on it.

  12. Carla Garrett // 20th July 2018 at 10:10 pm // Reply

    is this something we want?

  13. GAURAV PANDEY // 20th July 2018 at 10:15 pm // Reply

    Loved the lift joke

  14. Flying cars will change the way we travel? You don’t say!

  15. Sure, sounds good if you can reduce the horrible sound of the propellers.

  16. Nice concept, I’m guessing the dislikes comes from those families with no electricity at all… no, wait!

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