Joby Aviation is probably the flying taxi company most promising on the market. While flying taxis still seem like something out of science fiction, tests like those done by Joby Aviation or EHang brings it closer than ever. So much so that the company says that they will operate with customers as of this 2024. At the moment, they have made one of the longest flights to date: 240 kilometers.
With his flying taxi with six rotors, Joby Aviation has made a flight of 240 kilometers circling in the air. The flight was carried out to test different characteristics of the electric plane, such as its autonomy. While it may seem like a “short” distance for an airplane, it is actually one of the longest traveled by an electric airplane to date. It would be the equivalent of a flight from Madrid to Salamanca, for example.
Instead of going in a straight line from one point to another, what Joby Aviation did in this test is fly in circles for a total of one hour and 17 minutes. An incredible feat for an electric aircraft / drone of this size, which typically have a very low range due to current limited battery technology.
In 2024 and with a first flying taxi ready to launch
By 2024 they hope to launch a customer service regional flights. Regional flights with zero CO2 emissions and, in principle, more viable than traditional aircraft. Joby Aviation has behind its back with Toyota support (that also has his own flying taxi) and recently acquired Uber’s flying taxi division. Uber is expected to offer Joby Aviation’s flying taxi service in its app.
For flights Joby Aviation is expected to use the flying taxi which recently presented. It’s about a six-rotor, five-seat vehicle (includes driver). With the six rotors the vehicle can take off and land vertically for more flexibility like a helicopter. At the same time, the propellers are tiltable and can be tilted once in the air to move horizontally. The flying taxi reaches a speed of up to 320 kilometers per hour.
Via | TechCrunch
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