Owing to the new advancements and developments in technology, there have been now projects that will bring forward the concept of air taxis. These air taxis can take people from one place to another. They will not be the same as airplanes. These are more sustainable options of commute as there will be no need for non-renewable sources of fuel. The machine will be powered by electricity.
NASA is now officially considering an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. This vehicle is built by California-based Joby Aviation. The agency is utilizing the aircraft to collect performance and acoustic data that will aid in developing future airspace concepts as part of its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign.
This project of NASA will also be serving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by informing the department about the possible improvements needed to be made in the air transportation sector. This information will prove to be vital for the future aspects of air transportation through air taxis from one city to another. This can be used as a way for commute and transportation in the future.
In order to gauge the noise pollution caused by the vehicle, the company will be using 50 microphones. This will determine what exactly is the intensity of the sound of Joby’s eVTOL. The aircraft has a range of 150 miles and a top speed of 200 mph.
Earlier, there were flight testing videos released that showed that the vehicle was not very noisy as the person was standing in front of the video while the vehicle took off. The person was still clearly audible. According to NASA, it hopes that its AAM Program will also be able to “provide an efficient and affordable system for passenger and cargo transportation.”
Joby aims to have full Federal Aviation Administration certification as soon as 2023 and says it’s already completed more than 1,000 test flights.