First Flying Taxi Launched in the U.S.
Intel and Volocopter—a Germany-based startup unveiled its flying taxi at the CES in Las Vegas on January 10, 2018.
Intel and Volocopter, in partnership, developed the VC200—more of a battery-powered drone, with 18 rotor blades capable of transporting passengers while emitting zero emissions.
Volocopter has conducted manned tests at a German research facility and unmanned flights in Dubai, its brief ascent above the CES stage at the tail end of Intel’s keynote was the first time that a U.S. audience has witnessed an air taxi of its kind in action.
The 18 rotors rely on nine different battery packs, and its four internal movement units constantly recalculate the drone’s positioning in flight to ensure stability. There are multiple redundancies built into its GPS and navigation systems, and a ballistic parachute gently conveys the drone to the ground should all else fail.
“We think this vehicle can be constructed in a way that is as safe as a commercial airliner, which is where it needs to be in order to be applied at scale in megacities across the world,” said Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter, in an interview with The Verge. He also added that the VC200 is “extremely simple to fly, quiet, and when running on its batteries, emission free.”
Such advanced transport will require navigation systems, thus increasing the demand for automotive embedded systems, as elaborated in automotive embedded systems market report published by Coherent Market Insights.
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