Volocopter

Uskoro dolazi prvi leteći taksi na svijetu: 'Ovo neće biti samo usluga za bogataše'

AUTOR:

  • Matea Grbac

OBJAVLJENO:

13.6.2019. u 11:34

AUTOR:

  • Matea Grbac

OBJAVLJENO:

13.6.2019. u 11:34

Ferrari Press Agency
Ref 9759
Moon 1
19/10/2018
See Ferrari text Picture MUST credit : Volocopter
A company behind an 18 rotor electric autonomous flying taxi has announced it will perform a set of city flight tests.The series of test by German company Volocopter that are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019 Volocopters are emission-free, electrically powered aircraft that take off and land vertically. They resemble a helicopter in looks, but are based on drone technology and can fly two people for just short of 30 km. The Volocopter is designed specifically for inner city missions. It features an extremely stable flight allowing it to manoeuvre micro turbulences around skyscrapers, offering a smooth ride for passengers.The makers say it is so quiet that at a flight height of 100 metres / 330 feet , it cannot be heard over the typical background noise of a city. Voloctoper's pilotless electric aircraft is built to take two passengers on short automated flights within city centres. The idea is that passengers turn up to dedicated skyport stations, climb aboard and punch their destination into a tablet to have the flight control software fly them up and over the congested streets below.Volocopter says its aircraft can cover just under 30 km (18.6 mi) on each charge.The test flights are designed to validate and verify the ability of Volocopter’s eVTOL vehicles to operate in Singapore’s urban environment and will culminate in public demo flights. Volocopter and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will work together to establish the scope of the flight trials and ensure that the necessary requirements are met before flight tests are allowed to commence.Volocopter will also be setting up a product design and engineering team in Singapore to support its expansion plans. The company is also looking for real-estate developers, mobility providers and businesses ready to join their quest to enable air taxis in Singapore.Volocopter CEP Florian Reuter said: “ We are getting ready to start implementing the first fixed routes in cities. “Singapore is a logical partner: The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development. “We are confident this is another exciting step to make air taxi services a reality.” Volocopter holds a preliminary permit from the German authorities to fly since 2016 and is cooperating with the European Aviation Safety Authority to receive a full commercial license. Mr. Ho Yuen Sang, aviation director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said: “There is potential for air taxis, or eVTOLs, to transform mobility and logistics in urban cities. “Volocopter is at the forefront of such new and innovative technology in the aviation industry. “CAAS is pleased to work together with Volocopter to study the technical capabilities and develop appropriate operational guidelines to facilitate such trials in Singapore.”In September 2017 Volocopter performed a public unmanned test flight in Dubai, where they partnered with the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai in their endeavour to implement air taxis into the public transportation mix. OPS: Rendering showing an Volocopter eVTOL air taxi in New York, USA
Picture supplied by Ferrari, Image: 391750776, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: Profimedia, Ferrari
Profimedia, Ferrari

Volocopter

Autonomni zračni taksi Volocopter bit će pušten u promet već iduće godine, najavili su iz kompanije.

Tako bi se ova usluga istoimene njemačke tvrtke već od kraja iduće godine mogla naći u Dubaiju, Singapuru, ali i većim Njemačkim gradovima. Usluga radi na principu Ubera, što znači da putnik vrlo jednostavno putem aplikacije na mobitelu može naručiti željeni prijevoz, piše CNN.

- Nećemo čekati 10 godina da uvedemo ovu uslugu. Revolucionarizirat ćemo sustav prijevoza putnika - izjavio je Nico Rosberg, vlasnik kompanije i bivši svjetski prvak s Mercedesom u svjetskom prvenstvu Formule 1.

Riječ je zapravo o bespilotnoj letjelici koja je nalik helikopteru te ima 18 propelera i dva sjedišta, a pokreće ga hibridni motor. To joj omogućava da vrijeme letenja bude oko 30 minuta prosječnom brzinom od 50 kilometara na sat, dok je maksimalna brzina 100 kilometara na sat. Letjelica je visoka dva metra, a promjer rotora s propelerima iznosi 7 metara.

- Ovo neće biti usluga samo za bogate, cijena vožnje bit će nešto viša od one običnih taksija - dodao je Rosberg.

Osim njemačke kompanije, svoju verziju zračnog taksija pokreće i Uber, koji s testnom vožnjom kreće 2020. godine, dok će cijela usluga putnicima u Dallasu, Texasu, Los Angelesu i New Yorku biti dostupna  tek od 2023. godine, Izvan SAD-a njihov zračni taksi za sada će prometovati jedino u Melbourneu, piše CNN.