We’ve seen multiple autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concepts lately, as short air travel has been tabbed as a next-gen solution for urban transportation issues. But many of those crafts are still in the early design stages.
With an almost fully developed prototype and plans to start producing them commercially next year, the aptly named Passenger Drone joined the fray and introduced itself by showing off a manned flight on its first prototype.
The company has been quietly working on its tech for the last three years, and it has produced a lightweight, car-sized drone that can fly autonomously, be maneuvered remotely or be controlled manually. It’s lifted by 16 rotors and produces zero emissions. Passenger Drone says it plans to build five more prototypes and log over 1000 hours of flight time before proceeding with commercial production.
While Passenger Drone’s rig may be inching close to real life flights, it’s entering a crowded field. Companies like EHang, Airbus and Volocopter are just a few of the groups working on their own models, and Volocopter’s drone took its maiden test flight earlier this month.
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