Archer Aviation unveiled its first electric air taxi on Thursday and used a virtual reality flight to demonstrate how the plane would work.
The California-based aircraft maker uses augmented reality (XR) technology to simulate a commercial flight during Thursday’s debut of its two-passenger vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL), called the Maker.
“Archer has a big, bold vision for the company and our approach to this important moment had to coincide with that,”
He continued: “We wanted to provide an experience that goes beyond the conventions of normal product launches and bring together a unique group of partners to create something truly captivating for our audience.”
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The company aims to launch a four-passenger version of the Maker in 2024 in Miami and Los Angeles.
The simulated flight video shows Archer Aviation co-founders and CEOs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein flying over cityscapes and mountains.
Battery-powered air taxis will ultimately help customers avoid heavy traffic by transporting them up to 60 miles at 150 mph for between $ 3 and $ 4 per mile. The air taxi service may eventually look like a shared travel service like Uber in the future.
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“Maker’s discovery has been in the making for years and marks a key moment 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 imagined the world of Maker.”
Goldstein hopes that Maker will eventually introduce “our largest cities to the next generation of safe and sustainable travel.”
Archer plans to go public with $ 3.8 billion after merging with Atlas Crest Investment Corporation with the support of United Airlines.
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The airline is in the process of certifying its four-passenger aircraft for launch in 2024 at the Federal Aviation Administration, Reuters reports.
“The FAA can certify new technologies such as eVTOL through its existing regulations. We may issue special conditions or additional requirements, depending on the type of project,” the agency said.