Drone Taxi R-1
Moscow, Russia (and Burlingame, California, USA)
The Hoversurf Drone Taxi R-1 is an outgrowth of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Hoversurf Scorpion 3.
The R-1, like the Scorpion, has two forward and two rear vertical propellers for VTOL but are not utilized in flight mode. In addition it has a pusher-prop for flight mode and upward-stowable wings. It employs a hybrid propulsion system design with a free-piston engine (FPE) Venturi engine for electrical power generation and standard gasoline. It can also leverage charging stations for a battery. It carries a single passenger and an automatic flight control system. A patented system would engage the vertical quad of propellers an emergency landing.
Hoversurf has introduced the R-1 as a concept for a single-seat “flying taxi” that can take off and land from a standard parking space. It expects its first commercial drone taxi operation to be launched in 2018.