In a recent development an Indian startup has developed Asia’s first autonomous hybrid flying automobile. The Indian-origin startup, Vinata Aeromobility has unveiled their latest fully autonomous hybrid-powered flying car model to the Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia. The company is expected to introduce their hybrid flying car model next month on 5th October at Excel, London. While startups all over the world are working on it, India is trying to lead the race.
Flying cars have always been a part of our imagination as a means of transportation. It seems to soon become true, as a startup from Chennai has developed Asia’s first hybrid flying car. The startup was founded by Yogesh Ramanathan with its base in Chennai.
The company has a set of industry expert advisors which includes Dr. A. E. Muthunayagam, an ISRO’s space scientist, and Dawn Zoldi, a retired US Air Force Colonel with an experience of 28 years. The Chief Technology Officer of Vinata Aeromobility is Mohammad Furkan Shoaib who is an Aeronautical Engineer and a certified UAV pilot.
Specifications of the Asia’s First Hybrid Flying Car
This flying vehicle looks like a flying car pod with entrance doors like a regular car. The flying car has four tires connected with a rotor system. Each rotor system is attached with two sets of four blades. It offers its passengers a 300- degree view through its panoramic window canopy. Moreover, it offers a luxurious cabin sitting for two passengers. This flying vehicle shall be used for carrying passengers and cargo from one place to another. It shall also be used for providing emergency medical services.
Maximum Speed Up to 120 Kmph, Runs On Both Fuel and Electricity
The hybrid flying car shall have a maximum flying speed of 120 kilometers per hour. You can self-drive this flying car and it can fly up to a height of 3000 feet. The passenger capacity of this flying vehicle is two with a range of 100 kilometers and a maximum flight duration of 60 minutes.
The vehicle can take off with a maximum weight of 1300 kilograms apart from its own weight of 990 kilograms. With the help of its coaxial quad-rotor, this flying car can make vertical take-off and landing. The best feature about this Made-in-India flying car is its capability to run both on biofuel as well as electricity. Moreover, it is fully GPS enabled for hassle-free commuting.
For driving the vehicle on street, biofuel will be used. Whereas, its rotors will be charged with the help of electricity. The vehicle shall also have a power supply backup for its motors in case of any power cut. For safety measures, the flying vehicle is fitted with airbags and an ejection parachute inside the cockpit of the car.
Aviation Minister Reviews Hybrid Flying Car
On September 20, 2021, when Vinata Aeromobility’s team showed the model of their latest hybrid flying car to the Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia he tweeted @ANI, “Delighted to have been introduced to the concept model of the soon-to-become Asia’s First Hybrid flying car by the young team of Vinata Aeromobility. Once this takes off, flying cars would be used for transporting people & cargo, as well as for providing medical emergency services.”
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) September 20, 2021
It is expected that any further important details on this flying car shall be shared on 5th October this year, in one of the most popular aviation exhibitions, Excel in London.