Autonomous cars? Think bolder.

Just stuck in a 1-hour traffic jam few days ago because of some wires fallen across the Interamerican highway. And as this is the backbone of Panama, there is no way to go around. Time to go over it, literally.

Bad news: all the upcoming autonomous driving cars will not change this. Not at all. But the solution is above our heads: kind-of-autonomous flying objects. (AFO)

Here is what imho is the best concept and first real prototype ready to fly this year:

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  • Fast as a jet
  • vertical take-off and landing
  • light-sport category
  • 36 engines (electric fans)
  • 6 battery packs
  • 3 computers
  • 2 seats
  • 1 airframe parachute.

It is Lilium’s electric jet, developed by a Munich-based start-up that lately got a €10mio capital infusion.

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This aircraft can take-off and land on a helipad or elsewhere. No runway, no emissions. Once in the air it travels as fast as 180 mph and goes for 300 miles.

Consider it as disruption in personal travel and keep watching here

All pictures (C) Lilium Aviation

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