Flying car racing points to the future

We’ve been told flying cars have been coming since the days of The Jetsons TY program, but they could soon be crossing our skies with an Australian flying vehicle company in the van.

Alauda Aeronautics of Adelaide has built several 4.1m long flying vehicles (pictured) specifically for a new racing series called Airspeeder.

Aluda Aeronautics and Airspeeder managing director Matt Pearson has already staged the first race around a one-kilometre course in South Australia, according to an ABC news report, and has big plans for it. ‘coming.

According to the report, Pearson said: “We can possibly be the most exciting motorsport in the world, watched by millions around the world, and [travel] the world with races everywhere.

Early quadcopter flying vehicles are unmanned and piloted by remote control, but there are plans for human pilots to be trained and certified to fly the craft.

According to Airspeeder, the racing series is being developed with partners Telstra Purple, Acronis and Amazon Web Services to create the digital architecture needed to run autonomous and piloted eVTOL vehicles.

According to Airspeeder: “The organization of the race was supported by the Government of South Australia which nurtured an ecosystem of the world’s leading space and aerospace companies.

“This extends to co-funding the Aluda Aeronautics hyper-factory, a place where the world’s most capable flying cars will be built alongside special craft, satellites and aircraft.”

According to Airspeeder, its second race was scheduled to take place this weekend, with crewed races starting in 2024.

Photo: Alauda Aeronautics

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