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hendorog:
Yes good point about the noise. That will get old quickly as well.

I had a conversation with a guy at work (proper Engineer, clever guy, highly qualified, however he was British) who was adamant that Uber type 'driverless' drones would be in common use before driverless cars. My conclusion was that only crazy Brits come to live in New Zealand...

SiliconWizard:

--- Quote from: Marco on May 29, 2018, 08:26:54 pm ---
--- Quote from: SiliconWizard on May 29, 2018, 05:31:59 pm ---I can understand why Airbus would work on that - airborne vehicles are kind of their field - but I can't see this turning into any useful reality. This would be much too costly, polluting and extremely difficult to scale up (would you really want a crowded sky above your head?). What do you guys think?

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This isn't supposed to be scaled up, this is for the elite, a result of current wealth disparities ... although after the first couple die in them I doubt it will survive.

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Nah. A niche market like this would serve no useful business goal. So I don't believe one bit they are only targetting a few wealthy guys. Especially in this kind of air business, and on very short trips. Makes no economic sense. Besides, there are already acceptable solutions for that: helicopters. But a monster like Airbus working on niche markets? Absurd IMO.

rfeecs:
Kind of deja vu:




--- Quote ---Fifty years ago, a helicopter company called New York Airways whisked passengers from the rooftop of the iconic Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan to any city airport in just 10 minutes. A fatal accident in 1977 brought that era to an end.
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These little helicopter services were popular in the 1960's.  I recall you could take a helicopter from Berkeley marina to San Francisco Airport (1973 ad, fare was $8.10):


http://www.ibabuzz.com/westcounty/2014/03/14/remembering-the-berkeley-heliport/

Brumby:

--- Quote from: hendorog on May 29, 2018, 10:07:08 pm ---I had a conversation with a guy at work (proper Engineer, clever guy, highly qualified, however he was British) who was adamant that Uber type 'driverless' drones would be in common use before driverless cars.

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I'm inclined to agree.  You aren't likely to have to deal with a bicyclist walking their bike across your path.

hendorog:

--- Quote from: Brumby on May 30, 2018, 05:34:34 am ---
--- Quote from: hendorog on May 29, 2018, 10:07:08 pm ---I had a conversation with a guy at work (proper Engineer, clever guy, highly qualified, however he was British) who was adamant that Uber type 'driverless' drones would be in common use before driverless cars.

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I'm inclined to agree.  You aren't likely to have to deal with a bicyclist walking their bike across your path.

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True, however to be blunt, the car will win that battle every day of the week. In a drone even a bird or two could end you.

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