Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at the GeekWire Summit. (Photo by Dan DeLong for GeekWire)
Autonomous flying cars have always seemed like a futuristic innovation that belongs more on the silver screen than in real life, but The Boeing Co. is making rapid headway on the concept and its top executive says we could see the first operational self-driving airborne vehicles take to the skies in under five years.
Speaking at the GeekWire Summit, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg laid out the company’s vision for flying cars, as well as the importance of safety measures for the concept. Muilenburg said the company is already building prototypes and expects them to fly within the year.
“Imagine a future city that has three-dimensional highways, with flying taxis, flying cars,” Muilenburg said. “That future is not that far away. In fact we are building the prototype vehicles today. We are also investing in the ecosystem that will allow that to operate safely and reliably as it must.
The full vision of self-flying cars ferrying people through busy urban areas will take longer than five years to realize, Muilenburg said, but vehicles that start with more simple functions like cargo aren’t far away.
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