Bell Unveiled a Full Scale VTOL Air Taxi at CES and Elon Says the 2020 Tesla Roadster Will Be Able to Fly

The SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly.

Elon and Tesla are serious about putting in cold air thrusters. SpaceX cold gas thrusters in place of the two rear seats would mean a car that really does hover.

Bell Nexus Will Be Flying Air Taxi in mid-2020s

Bell Helicopter unveiled the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine air travel.

Team Nexus are five companies working on a flying car like aircraft. Bell, Safran, EPS, Thales, Moog and Garmin, are collaborating on Bell’s VTOL aircraft and on-demand mobility solutions. Bell will lead the design, development and production of the VTOL systems. Safran will provide the hybrid propulsion and drive systems. EPS will provide the energy storage systems. Thales will provide the Flight Control Computer (FCC) hardware and software, Moog will develop the flight control actuation systems and Garmin will integrate the avionics and the vehicle management computer (VMC).

UBER has partnered with Team Nexus for flying air taxis.

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