SkyDrive, the Japanese Flying Car That Caught Toyota’s Fancy
May 20, 2017 – When the creative team of Cartivator conceived the SkyDrive flying car project in one of its brainstorming sessions over four years ago, they never imagined that a tech giant like Toyota would agree to become one its investors. Toyota assured them funding of 42.5 million yen (US$380,000) in the next three years to develop the SkyDrive to light the Olympic flame during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
New Competitor Developing Self-Flying Air Taxis Emerges
May 20, 2017 – Yet another animated video of a flying car set to be produced in Silicon Valley has surfaced, and rather than keep it under wraps, the company is laying it all out in plain sight. Vahana is an all-electric, eight-motor, single seat vertical takeoff aircraft set to be made by Airbus. With its pivoting rotors, the vehicle is designed to be used as an automated flying taxi.
Flying Cars Are (Still) Coming: Should We Believe The Hype?
April 25, 1017 – In the 1950s, when America was hopeful and reckless conjecture was encouraged, prognosticators had some wild ideas about 21st century technology. A few came true, like robot companions. Most didn’t, like lunar shuttles. But one concept in particular has endured without quite being realized — the flying car. Check those special “future” editions of old magazines and you’ll find plenty of stalwart citizens commuting to work in hovering sedans, with tail fins. So where did the dream go wrong?
No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car
With Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, the Google co-founder looks to the skies.
April 24, 2017 – Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts. It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat.
If only Weygers could have Seen this X-File!
Alexander Weygers was the father of the UFO flying saucer design and received his US patent in 1944 for what he called the DISCOPTER He competed with Swarovski , Howard Hughes, Honeywell, Heinrich Focke bell and thought he had a better helicopter. A VTOL Disk.
Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
Bloomberg Businessweek, June 9, 2016
by Ashlee Vance
Northern California in particular has had a long fascination with flying cars. In 1927 a now mostly forgotten engineer named Alexander Weygers first began thinking up the design for a flying saucer that could zip between rooftops. In 1945 he received a patent for what he described as a “discopter,” a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine with room inside for passengers to walk around, cook, and sleep. He depicted smaller versions landing in pods atop buildings in downtown San Francisco. No discopters were built, though it’s believed that the U.S. Army, which paid visits to Weygers’s compound in Carmel Valley, Calif., tinkered with a prototype.
Carmel Valley Artist Patented Flying Saucer Five Years Ago
Monterey Peninsula Herald, April 13, 1950
by Ritch Lovejoy
The man who conceived the flying saucer in 1927, completed specifications and drawings, and patented it in 1944, is a talented engineer, artist, engraver, sculptor and teacher named Alexander G. Weygers, 48, who lives with his wife, Marian, in Carmel Valley. The patented name of the flying saucer is Discopter, which may indicate to you how it works, but which does not indicate the subtle improvements over modern flying methods that Weygers theorized so far ahead of his time.
A Modern Leonardo Who Lives For The Things He Really Wants
San Francisco Chronicle, Mary 8, 1960
by J.T. Root
For the first time in years, Alexander Weygers has had to pay an income tax. This will come as a shock to his neighbors in Carmel Valley where the craggy-faced artist – scientist has been known as the man who escaped one of the two certainties in human existence. While this outwitting of the economic system has been his most intriguing hallmark, he has otheres. In the 14 years he has lived in Carmel, the tall and gangly Weygers has established himself as a latter-day Leonardo, a reluctant, versatile genius whose often-brandished philosophy of “liveing for the things one really wants” piqued so many people that he was persuaded to lecture on it at the Carmel Adult Evening School.