Self-flying electric airplanes are closer than you think. But how close?

Andrew Beebe, managing director at Obvious Ventures, has been watching the space intently. His firm recently invested in Lilium, a startup making a vertical takeoff and landing jet. 

"In the near future, this industry could vastly change how and where we all live, work and play. There are indeed threats and challenges to this vision, but the wheels are already in motion, and the future is much closer than most people think," wrote Beebe and Joe Blair in a recent column

A combination of improvements in batteries, software and sensors are forming the "corners of a very clear road map," says Beebe, speaking on The Interchange.

When electric aviation finally becomes commercialized — both battery-hybrid conventional planes and vertical takeoff and landing jets — what will be the consequences for our communities and transportation systems?

In this week's episode, we talk with Beebe about the flight path for electric aviation.

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