Of all the wild truths that have emerged over the first 11 months of the year 2020, one of the few that sits closer to exhilarating than exasperating is that the flying car is just a few years away. That waiting time doesn’t seem so bad when you consider that this concept is nearly as old as the airplane itself, but we know that investors interested in this emerging space may not be the most patient of folk.
Which is why we talked to some of the top VCs and analysts watching the nascent aeromobility market for their take on which startups are poised to take off in the near term — not by building or operating aircraft, but by providing the myriad technologies and services that will underpin this flying car future.
As Cyrus Sigari, the cofounder of the aeromobility-focused venture-capital firm UP.Partners, told us: “There’s a rather large world of things for people to invest in that isn’t a flying car or eVTOL company but which still offers exposure to the future of moving people and goods in all three dimensions.”
Read our list of the six hottest startups that can make flying cars happen right here, get more of the week’s transportation news below, and if you haven’t yet, sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox every week.
Oh, and a programming note: We’re busy building our 2020 list of rising stars in the world of self-driving cars. If you know someone under 30 years old who’s helping ditch the human driver (or you fit that description), tell us about them right here.
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