Thursday, September 23

NASA began testing a flying taxi | Digital Trends Spanish

NASA has also entered the field of flying taxis and began a test with an electric vehicle from the Joby Aviation company.

This flying taxi, also called eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle), is under study until September 10; The aim is to collect acoustic and general performance data, which could in the future be used in the design of its own spacecraft.

The flying taxi tests being carried out by NASA are part of a program called Advanced Air Mobility that seeks to “promote public confidence and accelerate the advancement of urban, suburban, rural and regional air transport.”

In these tests, the space agency wants to observe “how the vehicle moves, how it sounds and how it communicates with its controls,” they explain. on the official website.

What NASA is looking for is that in a few years flying taxis, both from Joby Aviation and from other companies, are part of public transport and cargo in domestic environments. For this, a series of tests with these eVTOLs are planned and the subsequent ones will be developed in more complex scenarios than the current ones.

Joby Aviation is just one of the companies working on vertical take-off and landing vehicles. Recently, Archer introduced its new model called Maker, which is electric and zero-toxic emissions, while companies such as Hyundai and Boeing also have them in their plans.

Meanwhile, Klein Vision has presented somewhat more eccentric models, such as a real flying car that has already completed its first test flight between two cities.

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