Intel invests $ 100 million in an air taxi project
Recently, the leading aerospace companies Boeing, Airbus and NASA have invested heavily in the development of air taxis on electric traction. More recently, Joby Aviation, led by Joby Bevirt, joined them. The company’s project is a plane with 16 electric motors worth 100 million dollars. Among the investors of the project are Toyota, Intel, and JetBlue.
For the first time the project became known in 2015. The developers used a sophisticated, specially developed engine tilt system, thanks to which the aircraft takes off vertically and after climbing it goes into a horizontal flight.
The device is designed to carry five passengers for a distance of 240 km (one charge) at a speed exceeding the speed of modern helicopters and with a noise level 100 times quieter than the aircraft during take-off and landing. Initially, the cost of an air taxi will be slightly higher compared to conventional aircraft, but, according to Joby Bevirt, these costs will pay off with time due to cheaper electric traction.
At the moment, the development team works in three main areas: the creation of a highly reliable security system; noise reduction; optimization of range and speed. The timing of the start of mass production and the cost of the machine are still unknown.