It is the drone that can take off anywhere - but still fly at the speed of a plane. The Quantum Tron craft, boasts a top speed of 80 kilometers an hour,and a 160 kilometer range. The firm behind it says ti will be used for everything from creating 3D maps to deliveries. 'One of my big hobbies is flying gliders, which need to have a very high aerodynamic efficiency,' creator Florian Seibel told Digital Trends. 'I had also flown helicopters in the military for some years, which of course also possess the ability to take off and land vertically.
Spurred by technology advances and demand for alternatives in congested cities, the race is on to create the world's first commercially viable'flying car.' Inventors have come up with some incredible designs over the years, although most aren't capable of driving on roads. But as engineers make inroads in their development, experts say they could be ready within a few years. Here are some of the top contenders. Airbus has been working on a fleet of air taxis with the hopes of relieving urban congestion and the firm has unveiled its first conceptual renderings. Project Vahana began last year and is one of the first projects at A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley.
Their technical forebears are, obviously, helicopters. But helicopters are "too noisy, inefficient, polluting and expensive for mass-scale use," says the white paper for UberAir, the company's aeromobile arm. "VTOL aircraft will make use of electric propulsion so they have zero operational emissions and will likely be quiet enough to operate in cities without disturbing the neighbors." Your weekly look at how innovation and technology are transforming the way we live, work and play. Tap here to get it delivered to your inbox.
A new, huge cargo drone, the APT 70, had the video of its first flight recorded and uploaded by pioneering aerospace manufacturer Bell. Built for delivery and disaster relief, the APT 70 can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge. The video shows off the impressive capabilities of cargo drones and how they could be used as an efficient future delivery system. The Autonomous Pod Transport 70 - or APT 70 for short - is 180 centimeters tall. The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft comes with a range of 18 miles on a single charge.
As he hovered 50 feet above the runway in Plattsburgh, New York, Kyle Clark suddenly had a distinct sinking feeling. He had full control just moments before, but his electric, eight-rotor aircraft was dropping fast. Clark did, however, know this was coming. The founder and chief test pilot of flying car developer Beta Technologies had deliberately put the aircraft into a tricky aerodynamic situation called vortex ring state, or "settling with power." That's when the rotors lose lift and the aircraft descends rapidly into air suddenly made turbulent by the aircraft's transition from horizontal flight into a hover.