Varon Vehicles Corporation
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Varon V200 is a three prop electric vehicle that will use simplified pilot controls aided by flight software for low altitude two passenger and cargo flights.
The V200T (two passengers) and V200C (employing a cargo module) variants will employ one forward and two tilt rear electrically powered rotors with the aim of zero emissions.
The vehicles construction, controls and vertiport-to-vertiport flight parameters is predicated on the concept of ‘Urban Friendliness’. Varon uses terms like drivers, driving and flying cars rather than pilots, flying and aircraft. Company trained and certified ‘Drivers’ will have general control of the craft using simplified controls more similar to a car than an aircraft. An on-board, off-line (hack free), computer will keep the V200 within a safe range of flight dynamics and control vertical take-offs and landings.
Varon envisions developing and employing a centralized Traffic Management System (TMS) confining the ‘driver’ and craft within a narrow path and very low altitude. This TMS will assign all Varon vehicles into virtual lanes and keep them separated at safe distances, as well as away from all other air traffic. If the occupant’s actions require a full computer override the V200 will detect and instigate an auto-land program.
The Varon Vehicle Corporation and the V200 are the work of a MIT graduate of electrical engineering and Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology Felipe Varon. The company’s goal is to use the technology to have a social impact. Varon imagines the flying car to be used not only technology friendly cities but also in rural areas of developing countries with low accessibility to proper food and other necessities.
The Varon Vehicles Corporation has done a soft-launch for the V200 prototype in Varon’s native Colombia. They have been in conversation with the aeronautical regulatory authorities in several European countries and plan to approach the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for a possible test site in Texas.
- Varon Vehicle Corporation website: www.varonvehicles.com
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