Airbus has been working on its CityAirbus, an electric-powered air taxi, since 2015. Finally, this week, the company showed off the latest version of the CityAirbus NextGen, which features zero emissions, vertical climb and descent, has eight electric-powered propellers and two fixed wings. Because it was built to fly over noise-sensitive urban areas.
According to the company, this is a "Sustainable Aerospace Pioneer", which is based on concepts aimed at improving the urban air mobility market. Airbus adds that the eVTOL can carry four passengers, be remotely piloted and fly up to 80 km (50 miles) at a speed of 120 km / hour (74.5 mi / hour).
Noise was one of Airbus' main concerns, and in this regard, it features sound levels below 65 dBa while in flight, and 70 dBa on climb or descent.
"We intend to create and bet on an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility in cities, while addressing environmental and social issues. Airbus is convinced that the real challenges are about urban integration, automation of traffic management, as well as new technology integrated into vehicles, growing the automotive industry. We want to offer a service that is safe, sustainable and fully adjusted to the needs of society," noted Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even.
The Airbus is still in testing phases, and its first flight is only scheduled for 2023. This is a promising market that is growing every day, so other competitors have appeared on the market, such as the Vahana Alpha, Hyundai and even Uber.
Recall that the first generation CityAirbus began development in 2016 and was designed as a taxi service capable of bypassing city traffic by flying above it.
Source: Business Insider