Elon Musk: Tesla “Could Definitely Make A Flying Car”

JUN 14 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 22

Why Yes...Tesla Can Do A Flying Car

Why Yes…Tesla Can Do A Flying Car

Elon Musk, the California entrepreneur who heads Tesla Motors and rocket builder SpaceX, wants to combine aspects of each by developing a car that can fly.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Musk had stated to the Independent, a British newspaper at an interview during the rollout of the recently available right hand drive Model S to the UK:

โ€œWe could definitely make a flying car, but that’s not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that’s super safe and quiet? Because if it’s a howler, you’re going to make people very unhappy.โ€

Musk isn’t the only one in the business of trying to produce flying cars.

Terrafugia presented the idea of a 2-seat aircraft with foldable wings that can drive on roads as well, which it calls a “Street-Legal Airplane.” It is currently undergoing test flights.

For over a century, aviators and engineers have attempted the flying car concept.

In 1917, an American aviation pioneer named Glenn Curtiss designed the aluminum Autoplane. His design was only capable of short leaps, though he is creditedย as the inventor of the flying car quite often.

Two years ago, Alan Mually called the flying car a “bad idea.” Mulally was head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft operations before his career at Ford, so you’d think his knowledge of both aircraft and automobiles would put him in a position to offer a logical comments on the flying car topic.

If this flying car doesn’t work out, then Elon Musk has another idea he’d like to pursue: a vehicle that turns into a submarine.

Space X

Space X

Source: LA Times

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22 Comments on "Elon Musk: Tesla “Could Definitely Make A Flying Car”"

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offib
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offib

Now, if this was an important man from Toyota, Skoda or Fiat or any other manufacturer, there’ll be no debate to call him or her seriously deranged.

offib
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offib

*important man or woman

Warren
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Warren

So what? First produce the $35K, 200 mile real range car at a profit.

Warren
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Warren

Flying cars would definitely need to be autonomous vehicles. I don’t know anybody I would trust to fly over my house.

offib
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offib

A pilot liscence would be needed. Trust me, they’re not to difficult to fly. My father has a little Piper Tomohawk, it really takes a while to get off the ground but it’s smooth sailing from then on. The steering is very direct, it should be. It’s fine until you go over a wind farm or some rough clouds, then you get some unsettling buffeting.

The difficult part with planes for any random person on the street would be maintenece landing and pre and post-flight checkups.

I’m pretty sure Musk’s involvement with SpaceX would solve the landing issue.

Warren
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Warren

I am an old EAA member, and went to many Oskkosh fly-ins. That said, the risk is huge per mile flown.

http://www.meretrix.com/~harry/flying/notes/safetyvsdriving.html

The small airport near us has had several crashes in the last few years, and despite the tiny number of flights, one crashed into a house and burned it totally.

electric-car-insider.com
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Anything to grab another headline.

Anon
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Anon

Elon –IS– their Advertising Budget…

Taser54
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Taser54

SMH.

kdawg
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Would the flying cars be able to use the Supercharger network? ๐Ÿ™‚

electric-car-insider.com
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Only at Harris Ranch

Anon
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Anon

The stench from that place, would keep me from landing anywhere near there… ๐Ÿ˜›

Jesse Gurr
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Jesse Gurr

Maybe a supercharger plane so you could recharge mid-flight.

Anon
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Anon

That would be the “SuperCharger Sky Carrier”… ๐Ÿ˜‰

davemart
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davemart

Given the name he has chosen for his car company, the answer should be obvious.

Tesla was working on wireless transmission of power,and the Russians are building a prototype:

http://www.dvice.com/2014-6-12/teslas-1901-vision-wireless-power-transmission-reborn

That would solve flying cars and enable an all-solar economy as he would like, whilst incidentally enabling his vision of cheap access to space, Mars colonies and so on.

I leave the details of getting it to work to the technologists! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bernard Gibson
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Bernard Gibson

Will I still be tailgated&cut up in a flying car?If so,I want a FLYING FORTRESS (see WWII),with gun turrets all round(as I remember them),with special emphasis on the REAR GUN TURRET!

Anon
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Anon

“Sky Rage” bad…

vdiv
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vdiv

We have flying cars, they are called helicopters ๐Ÿ™‚

Alan
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Alan

Was this Elon Musk, or from “Bored Elon Musk”, the parody twitter account?

Gene Frenkle
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Gene Frenkle

A flying car would be easy to build, what holds back all VTOL vehicles is the fuel burn so the market for the vehicle simply doesn’t exist. If kerosene was $1 a gallon and we knew the price was not going to increase we would have a flying car within 5 years, especially in light of the fact that planes already have autopilot.

Here is the thing, electricity is essentially $1 gallon gasoline…and the price is pretty stable! So if somebody could build a battery that had close to the same energy density as kerosene then we would see at least a proliferation of small planes and helicopters that were EVs. Of course one would have to be licensed but with wireless broadband we could have a requirement that all “flying cars” be equipped with V2X technology that would be like having a second pilot in the plane.

Angelo
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Angelo

I can’t believe he is already bored with Tesla and Space X!

MDEV
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MDEV

They will be ban in Texas.