VTOL planes could drastically change the way we travel

VTOL, Self-flying taxi drone. These are the latest words on the internet right now.

For those who didn’t know, VTOL stands for vertical take-off and landing. Meaning a flying device that doesn’t need a runway to be up-air, like a helicopter. Companies like Tesla, Uber and Google are all working on to release a production ready VTOL vehicle at the earliest.

A few days back we saw a video from KittyHawk a start-up working on a VTOL a personal amphibious multicopter.

A personal amphibious multi-copter

The CEO of KittyHawk is also the founder of Google’s self-driving car project. So, it won’t be surprise if I told you that this project is also backed by google.

Another competing company making it big in on the VTOL field is a Chinese UAV manufacturer EHANG with it’s EHANG184. First showcased in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas 2016; it is an autonomous, Low altitude aerial vehicle.

EHANG184 an autonomous, low altitude aerial vehicle

“Ehang 184 AAV is the safest,Smartest and Eco-Friendly low altitude autonomous aerial vehicle, aiming on providing Medium-Short Distance communication and transportation solution” – as claimed by Ehang on it’s website.

With Big Cos heavily funding and working on it, and companies like Uber claiming to roll out it’s autonomous self-flying cars fleet by 2020. One could easily start visualizing the days when an autonomous self-flying cab takes you from one place to another.

Since our motive is to inspire people to create, we would really love to see more and more people making drones for starters so as to speed up advancements in this direction.

A man flying to 15,000 feet on his para-motor.

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Rohit Nair

A full stack developer intrigued by AI and automation. Currently works on NLP and ML. Has previous experiences as a MIS and a web developer.

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