Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Total Recall, The 5th Element… Are we seeing a Back to the Future? With the crucial first tests of Volocity, a 100% electric flying taxi to ensure transportation for the 2024 Olympics, new horizon lines are emerging in air traffic.
What about the flying car?
while 2050, two out of three humans will live in the city, and we will get around in a completely different way. Certainly in autonomous cars, faster and greener public transportation, in the sky, on the water, or underground with the tech entrepreneurs who promise us a future worthy of sci-fi movie scenes. Last November, we were astonished by the first flying taxi with two seats (one pilot and one passenger) taking off in the skies over Paris from the first European port opened at Pontoise Airport. Halfway between the drone and the helicopter, the flying car made contact Courage It was developed by a German startup Volocopter It is based on 100% electric technology derived from drones: a large number of battery-powered rotors (9 batteries and 18 electric motors each with a propeller). The company, which has 150 employees worldwide and has raised $579 million from investors, has already completed more than 1,000 test flights to date, both manned and autonomous.
Airlines for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Pending European certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with a certification program for a special light flying taxi (landing in a reclining position, loss of rotors, etc.), this flight is however not like the previous ones as it foreshadows the piloting of pre-commercial lines to Paris Olympics 2024. A victory for the pioneer of Urban Air Transport (UAM) which plans to launch its first lines of air taxis in the next two years in major cities such as Singapore, Rome, Paris and the Neum region of Saudi Arabia. This light and environmental mode of transportation has been tested to meet the communication needs of cities and airports, and has many other uses, ranging from transportation in emergency situations or medical needs.
New urban air mobility
Light transport paving the way for creating sites for future landing or take-off platforms, called Vertiports or “Skyports”. EASA He believes in it deeply. It estimates that the urban air mobility market, which should reshape cities in the long term, could reach more than €4 billion in Europe by 2030 and result in the creation of approximately 100,000 jobs. If today the race for “advanced air mobility” is the dream of many companies around the world, famous manufacturers like Boeing or Airbus or start-ups like Klein Vision working on prototypes of flying cars, the first tests were very conclusive. in France , JetRacerFrench businessman Franky Zapata introduced a “flying machine with a heat engine driven by ten small reactors that can reach speeds of 250 km/h. It can adapt to different civilian and military needs to move objects, do surveillance, and can even be piloted remotely.” Rescue “people in the mountains or even the emergency services on the highway get involved in the event of an accident” This explains the former water skiing champion and genius inventor. The entrepreneur is currently working on a single-seat hybrid machine that will consume less fuel than a rolling car.
One question remains unanswered…and that is how to overcome the technical, environmental and homogeneous limitations regarding the daily operating cost that these flying cars must cause. At the risk of finally limiting it to anecdotal use, it was staged by a few wealthy amateurs.
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