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 The quest for the flying car has presented many hurtles.  How do you design a plane that can seamlessly interact with the highways as easily as it travels the sky? A Slovakian firm believes it has the solution. The AeroMobilcan fly 430 miles on a tank of regular gasoline  and when its wings fold down, it’ll fit into a normal parking space. Aeromobil is a ‘flying car’ that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes.

 

The latest version is the third generation of the craft.Tatiana Veber, an AeroMobil spokesman said: ‘We have been developing the concept of a flying car since 1990. ‘Our first model looked quite bizarre and it would have problems in the regular use. ‘That was a signal to improve the concept of the flying car in a way to become an integral part of the regular road traffic. ‘We got a positive feedback from several experts in avionics, which appreciated design and the technical solution of the process of transformation. ‘The car is constructed to be fuelled at regular gas stations using the fuel for Rotax 912 ULS engine.’

Amazon has just announced the development of a new robot assisted delivery service that will get you your purchases in 30 minutes. Check out the video below to see a demonstration of this potential service.

The “octocopters” aren’t ready to take flight yet. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes.  The drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated post on the company’s website promising aerial deliveries as soon as federal rules change. Those FAA rules could come as soon as 2015. The type of flights Bezos proposed are currently not allowed. Unlike some other drones currently used, these would be autonomous — they would fly without a pilot.

In episode 9 (S2E3) we concluded our first investigation into robots with an interview with Dr. Stephen Granade.  Dr, Granade is an expert on robotic helicopters,  Listen to the episode to see what he thinks is the future for this type of robot.

 

Back in Episode 3 we brought you an in depth discussion of Terrafugia’s Transition.  Now we are proud to update that investigation with news that the world’s first street legal aircraft is set to enter the market in 2015.