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Will eVTOL take over the commercial small-helicopter market?


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#41 voyagerB

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:50

Interesting that today, Uber cancelled their driverless car project after one of their cars killed a lady. I reckon this will help to kill pilot-less passenger ops too.

No, it won't.

Besides the 'fact' that most experts think it will be easier to implement '3D auto-piloting' than '2D AP'.


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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:52

The helicopter industry is divided on the future of EVTOL 2018-industry-split-on-air-taxi-power my stance is similar to the opinion that Sikorsky has, autonomous but conventional rotorcraft are the most promising. Since 80% of helicopter accidents are caused by operation, the accident rate could possibly be reduced by at least 80%. EVTOL will probably find a niche, like short distance building-building shuttle. 

 

I've been to that particular conference, what a coincidence. Here is an overview of all known eVTOL projects, the U.S. proudly leading.

 

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