UIUC researcher leads flying taxi research effort with a $6M NASA grant
Fans of the 1997 film "The Fifth Element" were undoubtedly drawn to the gravity-defying cars filling the screen, especially the Bruce Willis character’s air taxi. Thanks to a $6-million NASA grant, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign mechanical science and engineering (MechSE) professor Naira Hovakimyan leads the way toward making these flying cabs a reality. And passengers won’t even need a driver.READ MORE
$6 Million NASA Grant to Make Air Taxis a Reality, Really Soon
Naira Hovakimyan, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, joins Cheddar Innovates to discuss how a $6 million grant from NASA will help to make flying air taxis a reality in the near future.READ MORE
Will Autonomous Air Taxis Deploy Before Autonomous Cars?
Because of the imperfection of the autonomous systems, but more importantly, the unpredictability of human drivers, fully self-driving vehicles have been slow to deploy in larger numbers. But what about an arena – the sky – with no pedestrians and no other vehicles aside from low-flying planes? Take all that unpredictably out of the equation, and you have a much more attractive prospect – which is likely why autonomous air taxis have gained so much traction as of late. Here to discuss that is professor Naira Hovakimyan from the University of Illinois’ Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering department.READ MORE
Flying Taxi Cabs in the Near Future? UIUC Researchers Say, ‘Heads Up, Everybody’
Thanks to a $6M NASA grant, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign mechanical science and engineering professor Naira Hovakimyan leads the way toward making flying taxi cabs a reality.READ MORE