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A few months ago, Porsche and airplane manufacturer Boeing announced a joint effort to build a flying car. The goal of building a flying car is nothing new. Companies and individuals have tried doing so for years, but nothing at a mass production level has happened. This could be changing sooner than we think.
Thanks to the folks at the Taycan EV Forum, a series of patent images have been uncovered after they were filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office on July 2, 2019. They were officially published on January 9, 2020. Patents are trademarked on a regular basis by automakers and other corporations, so this doesn't mean a flying Porsche is guaranteed to happen. Still, the fact that both Porsche Boeing are moving ahead with this is exciting.
The patent images show a flying vehicle called the Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicle (VTOL) with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. We can also see there are four large propellers, two of which face down to provide upward and downward thrust. Two even bigger fans are at the rear, each capable of being aimed downward to help the flying car get off the ground.
Basically, the VTOL can go straight up thanks to these four propellers, but it doesn't fly like a helicopter. Notice the active louvers that will shut to close off the front propellers. This creates wings with a completely flat surface, just like an airplane. But unlike an airplane or helicopter, the VTOL will be autonomous. No piloting or driving skills necessary. However, Porsche could "grant normal control to humans if they are sufficiently qualified." And like the all-new Porsche Taycan, the VTOL is fully electric.
The eventual goal is to build a flying taxi. "Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel," said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Porsche Executive Board for Sales and Marketing back in October. "We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future."