Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired To Solve Flying Cars’ Battery Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

Hexbyte Tech News Wired To Solve Flying Cars’ Battery Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

In the age of cord cutting, San Francisco-based startup Karman Electric thinks flying cars should be able to connect to power lines for long-haul routes and go solo when they approach their destination. As a proof of concept, engineers strung a pair of wires between two supports and flew a small quadcopter drone back and forth between them.

Karman Electric

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

In the age of cord cutting, San Francisco-based startup Karman Electric thinks flying cars should be able to connect to power lines for long-haul routes and go solo when they approach their destination. As a proof of concept, engineers strung a pair of wires between two supports and flew a small quadcopter drone back and forth between them.

Karman Electric

Of the many challenges facing the nascent flying car industry, few turn more hairs gray than power. A heavier aircraft needs more power, which requires a bigger battery, which weighs more, thus making a heavier aircraft. You see the dilemma. So how do you step out of that cycle and strike a balance that lets you fly useful distances at useful speeds without stopping to recharge?

One startup thinks the answer lies in another question: Who needs a big battery, anyway?

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