CycloTech presents CruiseUp, an air vehicle that visualizes the benefits of CycloRotor technology and its capability of 360° thrust vectoring within a compact, passenger-oriented design. Based on 15 years of CycloRotor technology development, wind tunnel testing and experience from more than 500 flights of its technology demonstrator, the CruiseUp concept is designed to meet individual air mobility needs expected to emerge next decade.
In the wake of the automotive electric revolution, the sky appears to be the next frontier. A segment once earmarked for futuristic sci-fi flicks, air taxis and electric flying cars are rapidly transitioning from fantasy to reality. As metropolises sprawl and urban traffic congestion worsens, the push for novel transit solutions intensifies.
In a spectacular display of technological prowess, Autoflight, a joint venture between German and Chinese talents, recently showcased the advanced capabilities of their newest Prosperity aircraft. This cutting-edge eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing – a type of aircraft that can take off, hover and land vertically) astonishingly covered a distance of 250 kilometres within a span of 98 minutes, solely powered by its onboard battery.
In the annals of transportation history, few innovations have captured the imagination quite like the prospect of flying cars. Today, we stand on the cusp of realizing that dream with the rise of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicles (eVTOLs) and air taxis. But could these airborne marvels truly replace our traditional public transport systems? Let’s embark on a journey through the skies and streets to find out.
Imagine the scene: you look up from the crowded pavement of your metropolitan home and instead of seeing the occasional plane or helicopter, you see a swift, whispering sound of vehicles darting back and forth across the sky. This is not a scene from a science fiction film, but a vision of a future where air taxis and flying vehicles play an important role in public transport. But what will it take for them to become widespread ?
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to develop pilot training requirements that will essentially create the legal environment for the certification and operation of eVTOLs in Community airspace. The rules are expected to open up the future of flying taxis in the United States, even if the technology is still years away from being commercialized.