U.S startup ‘Next Future Transportation’ (NFT) has unveiled a one-sixth-scale model of a ‘Drive-Fly’ eVTOL Concept, called ‘ASKA’, which means “flying bird” in Japanese,
It’s the first eVTOL vehicle concept that will be able to both drive on the road and fly as an aircraft, according to New Future Transportation (NFT).
NFT claims ASKA, the size of an SUV with a UAM range of up to 350 miles: ASKA accommodates up to three people and runs on rechargeable batteries with a range extender (hybrid) propulsion system.
Autonomous flying: ASKA flies autonomously with its unique Sense & Avoid system. Sophisticated AI for detection & collision avoidance in the air, dealing with air challenges by sensing, building an awareness picture and choosing the best safety action in the flight path.
ASKA has a unique IP for autonomous systems that validates and verifies these capabilities. We will integrate it with existing autonomous driving systems to make ASKA fully autonomous in the air and on the road.
ASKA offers the comfort of all-in-one, door to door transportation, enabling you to drive, fly and drive till your final destination, without the need to change from a car, to an air taxi, and then a car again.
NFT plans to fly a “not quite full scale” model unmanned demonstrator vehicle in the first quarter of 2020.