Vermont-based company building a rest stop for future flying cars

The company is calling the hypothetical cars electric air "taxis," and it envisions them using the station along with pilotless drone aircraft.

Rick Docksai | Mar 10, 2020

We don't have flying cars yet like those Back To The Future movies predicted, but Vermont-based company Beta Technologies thinks that they might yet appear in years to come. The company is preparing for them by building a 20-feet-high platform station that could serve as a landing pad and future charging station for many types of electric aircraft, including flying cars.

"It can charge the aircraft, providing accommodations to 'recharge' the flight crews, as well, or it can serve as a handoff point for cargo or medical supplies," said Kyle Clark, Beta's founder.

The company is calling the hypothetical cars electric air "taxis," and it envisions them using the station along with pilotless drone aircraft. It is additionally developing a vertical-lift electric airplane, which would be capable to landing on or taking off from a structure like this one.

This station will have an adjacent sleeping quarters and lounge areas for the human crews to rest, relax, and wait while their aircraft charge. Clark suggested that platforms like this one could be built at low-volume airports, and that lounges and sleeping quarters could be added to them if there aren't hotels and other services nearby.

Clark also foresees stand-alone stations being built in congested urban areas. All types of aircraft, from air taxis to small delivery drones, could safely approach them and depart from them as need. Wherever they are situated, Clark added, some could be custom-configured be landing pads for conventional helicopters, as well. Some could also serve as way stations for delivering medical supplies and other cargo via drones to areas suffering from emergencies, such as the current coronavirus epidemic.