Air taxi company Volocopter revealed today that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was its first passenger.
The firm revealed that the flight was remotely piloted and took place in an exhibition hall in Germany last month.
The Volocopter features very stable and safe flight characteristics, designed for operating as autonomous air taxis in megacities.
Volocopter leverages Intel technology including flight control solutions with redundancy and safety features.
The smooth flight is enabled by dozens of microprocessors monitoring the environment for turbulences and winds, and sending signals in milliseconds to the rotors. These can react and perform the slightest adjustments instantly due to their battery powered electric motors.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said: “Autonomous Air Taxis are coming. Nothing shows our confidence better than taking a passenger aboard. We are happy it was Brian Krzanich of our strategic partner Intel. Although the Volocopter might resemble a helicopter, it really is a flying super computer creating a pleasant and safe ride.”
Mr Krzanich described the flight as “fantastic”. He said: “That was the best flight I have ever had. Everybody will fly one of these someday.”
Volocopter performed its first manned flight in 2011. The company has already received a permit-to-fly in Germany and has conducted autonomous test flights in Dubai.
Video footage of Mr Krzanich’s flight can be viewed here.