Last year, Boeing bought Aurora Flight Sciences, whose projects include a new flying taxi being developed with Uber Technologies Inc.,
By the early 2020s, flying cars – electric passenger drones, seating two to five travelers – could drive to the airport by roadways and then accelerate down runways into the sky, with what NASA describes as “Urban Air Mobility.”
“It’s extremely costly to certify new aircraft, even when you’re certifying it for a well-established use and with well-established rules,” said Steve Wallace, a former FAA official who oversaw accident investigations and also worked in the agency’s certification branch. “Here we’re trying to open up a whole new use where there aren’t any rules. That’s an enormous task.”
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