3 Use Cases for eVTOLs: Early “Air Taxis” and How to Use Them
Advocates and developers of electric vertical aircraft vehicles, also known as eVTOLs are finding early use cases for the current version of the urban air taxi vision. Even though the actual mainstream use of air taxis might be years away from realization, leaders in this innovation are discussing use cases for eVTOLs to raise public awareness, gather crucial data, and provide returns for investors. Astro Aerospace has already created a full-scale working prototype for their aircraft, posing as the only public company in the sector to have developed a functioning aircraft technology. Moreover, Uber is working with its partner, Elevate ecosystem and vehicles, to solve some modern challenges that appear in the public use of eVTOLs, such as infrastructure and airspace integration. Here are some of the early use cases for eVTOLs as the public is waiting for air taxis to become a matter of mainstream use.
eVTOLs in Emergency Response
As Yolanka Wulff, co-executive director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative, claims, one of the logical early use vases for eVTOLs is seen in emergency response. Thanks to the advancement of technology, the use of aircraft for emergency response could cut the time needed for emergency helicopters to arrive at the location where medical help is needed. In cases of emergency, aircraft already pose as an exquisite solution. In many cases, the use of eVTOLs for emergencies and the medical response wouldn’t require a lot of changes in infrastructure and integration with existing forms of transportation.
In the majority of use cases, mainstream use of eVTOLs would require extensive modifications in the existing urban infrastructure and local transportation systems, which is not the case with emergency response aircraft. That is how eVTOLs could find an early use case in urgent medical interventions and emergency transportation.
The technology needed to create fully-functional aircraft models exists as Wulff claims, not because of the demand for aircraft transportation but rather due to the advancement in technological capability. Despite these advancements, it may take from one to two decades to adjust the existing infrastructure to the new form of public transport and prepare the necessary integrations. Whenever an innovative technology is introduced, there is a call for adjustments and changes in terms of integrations with existing technologies, models, and infrastructure, and eVOTLs are no different. Jump Aero is already preparing the first eVTOLs for specific utility in medical response, while Astro Aerospace has developed its first fully functional aircraft model.
eVTOLs in Cargo Delivery
Cargo delivery is another one of the early use cases for eVTOLs mentioned by Wulff. Transportation of goods could be completed from point A to point B in the shortest time possible, especially when compared to the current means and ways of cargo delivery. The response time offered by helicopters is significantly reduced with eVTOLs as helicopters require at least 5 minutes to spin before taking off in contrast to 30 seconds taken by eVTOLs. With 6 times faster response and transportation time, eVTOLs could also save money to delivery companies, while cutting the time needed for the cargo to be delivered to its destination. Astro Aerospace is already presenting eVTOLs with use cases in medical transportation, as well as transporting people and cargo. Delivering cargo by eVTOLs could revolutionize the delivery sector and mitigate losses caused by late deliveries across numerous sectors, which is how many industries would find benefit in using aircraft transportation.
eVTOLs in Rural Connectivity
Another one of early use cases and one of the three Wulff mentioned in the webinar hosted by the National Business Aviation Association is rural connectivity. Already in the early stages of development with fully functional technology, eVTOLs can be used to address challenges in rural communication and connectivity. Technology innovation is what drives rural connectivity to help communities facing these challenges, and eVTOLs might be the means of solving some of these problems. Rural areas often lack developed transportation infrastructure, which makes some things considered mundane and easily accessible in urban areas, hard to get access to for rural communities. The use of eVTOLs to address some of these challenges wouldn’t require extensive and radical changes in infrastructure and integrations, which makes it one of the possible early use cases of aircraft transportation. Companies like Astro Aerospace (OTC:ASDN) are already promoting aircraft vehicles that are user-friendly, intuitive, and automated, with functional prototypes already designed and developed. Such aircraft could be used as innovations that could drive rural connectivity and provide emergency and medical response, easy, fast, and cost-effective cargo delivery to rural areas, as well as transportation of people.
How Far Are We from Mainstream Use of eVTOLs?
For some use cases, for instance, public transportation that would use aircraft vehicles and eVTOLs for the transport of people and cargo in urban areas, it could take up to 2 decades and perhaps even more, to adjust urban infrastructure and address real estate positions and existing transportation systems. However, developing fully functional eVTOLs models for early use cases such as emergency response, for example, could take less than a decade. With companies such as Astro Aerospace, the first fully functioning prototypes of aircraft models are already being produced to present a new means of transportation to the public and investors. Astro Aerospace aims to commercialize the technology used to develop eVTOLs so that aircraft transportation could be used by governments, private sectors, and the broader public. These eVOTLs are developed and designed to be user-friendly, affordable, safe, and accessible. Astro Aerospace’s eVOTL prototype has a touch control system in the cockpit and it enables automated piloting or manual flight. The first working prototype features a carbon fiber shell with 16 independent rotors and is predicted to be used in agriculture, medical emergency and emergency response, military, personal use, and a wide range of use cases. There is no actual release date announced, however, early use cases for eVOTLs such as emergency response, cargo delivery, and rural connectivity, could be commercialized in the next decade.