The perennially-innovative dream of a traveling automobile might be edging nearer to the present day — sort of. German firm e-volo's drone -inspired traveling device, the two- seat Volocopter VC200, recently became the first accredited multicopter to travel with a human on board, potentially ushering in an age when even us jabronis lacking the skies can be zipped through by the licenses of pilot.
“Compared to traditional plane, soaring the Volocopter is therefore much easier for the pilot," claims Jan Stumpf, Chief Executive Officer of Intel subsidiary company Ascending Technologies, which did with EVolo since 2013, CEO of Intel subsidiary Ascending Systems, which did with e-volo since 2013. “The Volocopter is a breeze to soar, hushed, and built with electrical ease."
By leverage many of the systems employed by modern-day quadcopters and other drones that are small, the Volocopter makes flying a wind. (No pun intended.) Carrying 18 vertically-oriented, electrically-run propellers, the multitude controls which make flying a conventional chopper a royal pain in the ass have now been condensed down to a single joystick. A battery of computers helps keep the Volocopter steady in the air, with a stability program that holds the multicopter amount also with no hand on the stick and automatic attitude control. And should everything go tits-up aboard, the little-helicopter can be flown via — can be installed, letting it be in gently to the earth.
To date, E Volo has only obtained the Volocopter up to around 15 miles a hr, but the firm says the plane may finally achieve speeds above 60 mph. Best Mini quadcopters 2016 The company expects to increase that up to 60–90 minutes by incorporating an internal combustion generator to keep the batteries capped off, although currently, the VC200 can soar around for approximately 20 minutes. For longer excursions, the Volocopter —which weighs just shy of 1,000 pounds—can be folded up into a compact package capable of fitting on a trailer.
Naturally, early access to the future doesn't come cheap. Florian Reuter, controlling director for financial and strategy at EVolo, says he anticipates the Volocopter to go onsale in Philippines and the USA in 2018, in a price around €250,000—about $283,000 at current exchange prices . If this's just a little expensive for you, remain tuned—the business eventually hopes to scale the VC200 equally down and up, in to bigger manned and forms that are unmanned.
Oh one quick note: Be sure when you explain it to people, you do not call it the "Volvocopter." We made that mistake twice or once while writing this.