Wireless Communication for Flying Cars

Nasir Saeed*, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri, Mohamed Slim Alouini

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Current ground-based transportation systems are subjected to various challenges, including the high cost of infrastructure development, limited land space, and a growing urban population. Therefore, the automotive and aviation industries are collaborating to develop flying cars, also known as electric, vertical, takeoff, and landing aircrafts (eVTOLs). These eVTOLs will allow for rapid and reliable urban and suburban transportation. Safe operation of eVTOLs will require well-developed wireless communication networks; however, existing communication technologies need enhancement in order to provide services to flying cars. We describe several potential innovations that make communication between eVTOLs and the ground feasible. These innovations include three-dimensional cellular networks on-ground, tethered balloons, high-altitude platforms, and satellites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number689881
JournalFrontiers in Communications and Networks
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). was produced by Xavier Pita, scientific illustrator at KAUST.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2021 Saeed, Al-Naffouri and Alouini.


  • electric vertical takeoff and landing aircrafts
  • high-altitude platforms
  • satellites
  • tethered balloons
  • transportation systems
  • wireless communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing


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