For some time, we’ve seen countless concepts of what an eVTOL air taxi may look like but this is not what you’d typically expect. Introducing Jaunt Air Mobility’s Reduced Rotor Operating Speed Aircraft, or ROSA for short.
This particular eVTOL air taxi seems to combine a helicopter and small aeroplane but it does seem to be the real deal. If you consider that safety and certification are the biggest obstacles the flying car market has to face, this eVTOL air taxi seems to be on the right track, or is it?
A flying taxi is once again taking centre stage as
Alaka’i Technologies have developed the Skai prototype. It is a hydrogen-powered
eVTOL flying taxi with an impressive 400-mile range that can comfortably seat
five passengers. What’s more is that they are actually in the process of getting
FAA certification which means it could be in our skies sooner than we think.
We can never get tired of reading and writing about engineering developments, emerging technologies and the flying taxi. This year has already seen a few interesting concepts from Uber signing with NASA to the CityHawk and Pal-V. And now it is time for Audi to step up to the plate.
The German automaker is living up to their name with the new Pop.Up Next, a hybrid quadcopter and compact two-seater electric vehicle. This is certainly an ambitious attempt but one that seems well worth it considering their partnership with Italdesign and Airbus. Continue reading →
Flying cars are once again a hot topic of discussion but this time it involves Metro Skyways, a subsidiary of Israel’s Urban Aeronautics (UA). The company has announced that they are going into the full-scale development of the CityHawk VTOL flying car. The first manned flights of this hybrid-powered six-seater will take place in 2021 followed by full FAA certification. They plan to convert the CityHawk to run on hydrogen fuel cells after the launch.
Urban Aeronautics Ltd has developed advanced aerodynamic technologies that form the basis of a new internal rotor (ducted fan) aircraft known as Fancraft™. They capitalise on their extensive portfolio through two subsidiary companies, Tactical Robotics Ltd and Metro Skyways Ltd. Both companies are developing unique Fancraft™ for specific markets. The CityHawk, wingless flying car with “land anywhere” technology is their latest project and looks impressive, to say the least. Continue reading →
Over the last few years the flying taxi has become somewhat crowded with the Ehang 184 being the latest addition. Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Airbus and Intel are all in the advanced stages of their respective autonomous aerial vehicles (AAV’s). Although designs vary, all flying taxis seem built for the same purpose. They transport people autonomously across city environments to overcome pollution, congestion and Continue reading →