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After three years of the launch of its first prototype, Swedish startup Jetson has finally introduced its consumer version: the Jetson One. This E-VOLT is a game-changer because, unlike other flying vehicles, it aims to be driven by everyone.
The Jetson One is like a larger drone, able to fit a pilot, who will easily drive (more like fly) around town like a helicopter. The highly efficient design features a coaxial motors configuration and onboard sensors on the electronic flight computer.
This means that even if the motor fails or the pilot’s hands are off the controls, the vehicle will maintain a steady course and land safely. Other safety measures include a propulsion system and a ballistic parachute. Like a race car, the Jetson One protects the pilot with an exoskeleton safety cell.
Although they might sound like opposite terms, this personal electric aerial vehicle is both lightweight and strong: it was designed using rigid aluminium, carbon fiber and 3D printing techniques to make it as light and strong as possible.
The Jetson One works with 8 electric motors and a swappable battery system, which has shortened the time for take-off. Another advancement from the 2018 prototype is the flight time that has increased around 15 to 20 minutes (subject to the pilot’s weight and flight conditions), although the startup says there’s still room for improvement.
The E-VOLT can reach a speed of 100km/h and it’s apparently ready to be flown. It seems like US-based owners won’t need a pilot’s license in order to fly the Jetson One and the vehicle doesn’t require any special certifications.
Jetson’s first units for 2022 have already been reserved or sold, but the company is now taking orders for vehicles that will be delivered by 2023.