Joby Aviation, which acquired Uber’s flying taxi division, shows its first eVTOL on video and flying
Joby Aviation, although not as popular as other companies that are developing flying electric vehicles, is one of the most relevant in the sector. Backed by Toyota, it recently acquired Uber Elevate to build on its ambition to dominate public air transportation. Now the company goes public, and to celebrate it they have shown for the first time running his first flying taxi.
More than a decade ago the adventures of Joby Aviation began, which has been accumulating investments over the years from different investors. Now, to go public, it has merged with Reinvent Technology Partners, offering it $ 1.6 billion to spend and invest in the next few years. the company already has a valuation of $ 6.6 billion after your listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
The potential of Joby Aviation
Recently, in the middle of December last year, Joby Aviation acquired the division of Uber Elevate. Uber Elevate was focused on the development of flying taxis that operate under the Uber platform. Ultimately it will not be like this, Joby Aviation has taken over its technology and employees to integrate them into its own platform. Yes, in the future Joby Aviation flying taxis can be rented from the Uber platform.
In recent years the company has been testing different flying taxi prototypes, with flight tests in different areas of the United States. Until now, not much was known about what their flying taxi would look like, as they have tried to keep its progress and development a secret. Finally we can see in its entirety and also in the air.
Joby Aviation’s eVTOL cIt has six rotors and a total of five seats (including the pilot). Being an eVTOL means that its electric motors allow it to take off and land vertically thanks to the positioning of the propellers. These propellers are tiltable however, so once in the air he tilts them to take advantage of them and move horizontally.
According to Joby Aviation, its eVTOL achieves a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour. In addition, with a single charge you get a range of about 240 kilometers. This, of course, in optimal conditions. They do not specify how the plane behaves loaded to the maximum with passengers or in strong winds for example.
The company expects have your flying taxi service ready by 2024 and already operating in different parts of the United States. Somehow or other, both Toyota and Uber will have something to do with it. The first of them will be part of the flying taxi fleet by having invested in Joby Aviation, the second of the rental service having been acquired.
In the meantime, other companies are also preparing to start operating in the air. In South Korea the Chinese drone manufacturer eHang has already set to fly to his flying taxi that is also autonomous. It is also expected that next year some come to Spain. Toyota, independently, also has what it claims to be the most compact flying taxi of all. For having, we have until first port for flying taxis in London.