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Vahana 'flying car' passes first flight test

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TripGun

I'm no engineer but can we get some screen covers for these decapitators? 

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Hammerclaw

Too complicated, too many parts and too many critical points of potential failure. Seems more of a conceptual model than a working prototype. 

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goodgodno
1 hour ago, TripGun said:

I'm no engineer but can we get some screen covers for these decapitators? 

If these are anything like the ones planned for Dubai they will have dedicated landing points, so not much chance of decapitating civilians.

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paperdyer

First - in a safety paranoid environment as the world id going to, if there is a 1 in a billion chance a decapitation can occur the plane needs to be "guarded".  Having said that, the more you idiot-proof something, the more people don't watch what's going on because "it's safe". The end product is a better idiot that will still find someway to have a decapitation.

 

Second - I don't care how safe these things will be touted to be.  I'm not ever getting in one unless I'm going to die otherwise for sure.  Then I'll take the chance and hope no one hacks the computer.

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goodgodno
2 hours ago, paperdyer said:

First - in a safety paranoid environment as the world id going to, if there is a 1 in a billion chance a decapitation can occur the plane needs to be "guarded".  Having said that, the more you idiot-proof something, the more people don't watch what's going on because "it's safe". The end product is a better idiot that will still find someway to have a decapitation.

Whether or not they are guarded I don't believe these will not be landing on your doorstep anytime soon. I'd imagine air regulations need to catch up but my suspicion is these will be strictly operated from heliport style bases. That is the plan for Dubai at least. 

 

 

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Captain Risky

this is just re-inventing the wheel. whats wrong with existing helicopters? whack on an electric engine, limit noise and cover the rotor blades. hey presto, you got yourself a flying car.    

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Timothy
24 minutes ago, Captain Risky said:

this is just re-inventing the wheel. whats wrong with existing helicopters? whack on an electric engine, limit noise and cover the rotor blades. hey presto, you got yourself a flying car.    

A bit better to have a completely new purpose built design than trying to retrofit an old helicopter with an autonomous flight system and electric engine.

Not really designed for that purpose!

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