UAVOS has presented their air taxi SumoAir as an autonomous concept for vertical e-mobility.
The all-electric, tandem rotor helicopter concept consists of a five-seater passenger including the pilot cabin that can be attached to either a car or a flight module.
The helicopter will be operated both manually and autonomously. The project is a part of UAVOS’ R&D efforts to explore and understand the fundamental technologies behind electric aircraft and the urban air mobility (UAM) market.
SumoAir unmanned helicopter has a tandem rotor configuration with two large horizontal rotors mounted one in front of the other. The UAV features two redundant high – lift propulsion units. Their three – bladed rotors are driven by two electric motors at around 520 rpm to ensure a low acoustic footprint.
UAVOS’s air taxi concept has additional safety advantages to the existing option such as autorotation flight and landing capability. SumoAir is targeting a cruise speed of approximately 87 mi/h (140 km/h) with endurance up to 1,3 h. The passengers will be able to cruise at altitudes up to 8,200 ft (2,500 m).
UAVOS designed the concept air taxi which measures 11,5 m (37,7 ft) in length and 7,5 m (24,6 ft) in width to carry out up to 3,700 lb (1,680 kg). Its advanced airframe uses two main three-bladed rotors with a diameter of 23 ft (7 m) to achieve high efficiency.
Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO and lead developer at UAVOS, said: “By 2030, 43 cities will be home to over 10 million people. In congested cities such as Los Angeles and Moscow, commuters spend nearly 100 hours a year in traffic jams. We expect autonomous flying will definitely ease the traffic burden on city roads. Air taxi could be ideal for urban ridesharing in the near future.”