Archer Aviation on Thursday unveiled its first ever electric air taxi and used a virtual reality flight to demonstrate how the aircraft will work.
The California-based aircraft maker used XR (augmented reality) technology to simulate a commercial flight during Thursday’s debut of its two-passenger, electric vertical takeoff and landing craft (eVTOL) named “Maker.”
“Archer has a big, bold corporate vision, and our approach to this milestone must match it,” Louise Bristow, Head of Marketing and Communications at Archer, said in a statement on Thursday.
He continued: “We wanted to deliver an experience that went beyond the conventions of normal product launches and to bring together a unique group of partners to create something truly immersive for our audience.”
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The company is aiming for a commercial launch in 2024 of a four-passenger version of the Maker in Miami and Los Angeles.
Video of the simulated flight shows Archer Aviation co-founders and CEOs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein flying over cityscapes and mountains.
The battery-powered air taxi will ultimately help customers avoid heavy traffic by transporting them up to 60 miles at 150 mph for between $ 3 and $ 4 per hour. Mile. The air taxi service may ultimately look like a rideshare service like Uber in the future.
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“Maker’s unveiling has been going on for years and marks a crucial point for the eVTOL industry and the future of transportation,” Adcock said in a statement. “Every day at Archer, we work to build the future, and we have never felt closer than we introduced the world to Maker.”
Goldstein hopes Maker will eventually introduce “our largest cities to the next generation of safe, sustainable travel.”
Archer plans to be released for a valuation of 3.8 billion. Dollars when first merged with Atlas Crest Investment Corporation with the backing of United Airlines.
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The airline is in the process of certifying its four-passenger aircraft for the commercial launch in 2024 with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to Reuters.
“The FAA can certify new technologies such as eVTOLs through its existing rules. We can issue special conditions or additional requirements depending on the type of project,” the agency told the outlet.