A.L.I. Technologies, Inc.
Minato City, Tokyo, Japan
A.L.I. Technologies is a small start-up company established in September 2016 by a group of University of Tokyo student entrepreneurs developing drones. Komatsu Shūhei was named the company president in February 2017 and now its chairman. Katano Daisuke was named president in July 2018. Komatsu and Katano work together in guiding the firm, with Komatsu overseeing technology development and Katano handles the overall management of the company.
The company founders at a young age had their imaginations wowed seeing flying cars and other flying vehicles in Star Wars movies. There goal is to make science fiction become science fact. The XTURISMO hover bike is a one passenger aircraft, lift provided two large propellers in tandem under the fuselage, with four smaller side mounted fans on each main lift ducts, for forward and directional flight.
At the 46th annual 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, A.L.I Technologies revealed a full-scale prototype of a hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) hover bike, the XTURISMO, on static display. No flying demonstrations took place at the airshow. The mission of the company is to bring infrastructure, both hardware and software, for the next generation to make Urban Air Mobility (UAM) a reality.
According to the company, to make urban air travel a reality, there are several things which need to occur, the production of VTOL urban aircraft, the control of the VTOL aircraft, and the design and authentication of air routes so that no accidents occur. Which is why the company is developing UAVs, hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft, all-electric VTOL aircraft, deep learning, 3D rendering, blockchain platforms, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) control, three-dimensional control systems and air route designs, and artificial intelligence (AI) which will allow aircraft to fly safely for low altitude urban flight. The hover bike will have excellent stability in the air due to multiple sensors controlling it.
It’s a rare company that tackles both air infrastructure and air mobility. I think there’s only one other company like ours and it’s in Israel. Our company is working to achieve an air mobility society in which traffic accidents never happen. —Katano Daisuke, president, A.L.I. Technologies
The company plans to have a working XTURISMO Speeder bike for sale by the end of 2020 and to have it licensed for flying on roads and in the urban air space by 2023. Those who purchase the aircraft before 2023 will be able to fly the aircraft off-road in open fields, wetlands, lakes, deserts and other areas where it will be legal for a sport-only type vehicle to fly.
2023 is the target date which Japan expects to have legislation in place for flying urban air vehicles. And in 2023, A.L.I. Technologies is also planning to have a new model for sale which looks the same but is all-electric. The company is withholding most specifications of their aircraft at this time but their goal is for a 200 km/h (124 mph) aircraft. One report says the company plans their aircraft will fly only 50 centimeters (19 inches) off the ground but we can speculate the altitude capability of the aircraft might increase, as further testing takes place.
The company's plan is to follow Tesla, sell to effluent customers first and then once the market is well established, then sell affordable models to the masses. The prices? For the first production model, the price range will be from $300,000.00 to $500,000.00 USD, will have hybrid-electric power source and a maximum of 100 hover bikes will be sold. Once serial production begins, the company expects price range to be in the area of $80,000.00 USD to $120,000.00 USD and this aircraft will be all-electric.
The company foresees the aircraft being used for personal air travel, search and rescue, and disaster rescue efforts. Like most other UAM hybrid-electric VTOL or eVTOL companies, A.L.I. Technologies is stressing the importance of public acceptance which is a critical step in allowing urban air mobility to become a reality.
A.L.I. Technologies has also been developing a separate Hover Bike project.
- Aircraft: Hybrid-electric and all-electric VTOL hover bike
- Passengers: 1 passenger
- Piloting: Manual (with computer assistance)
- Cockpit: Similar to a motorcycle with motorcycle type handle bars and seat
- Maximum speed: A goal of 200 km/h (124 mph)
- Maximum flight time: 3 hours
- Engines: 2 (eventually will be made with one engine)
- Lift propellers: 2 propellers (with 3 blades) with safety grating
- Forward and directional electric fans: 4
- Altitude: 50 centimeters (20 inches)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)
- Safety devices/software: Deep learning, 3D rendering, blockchain platforms, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) control, three-dimensional control systems and air route designs, and artificial intelligence (AI) and senors to keep the the aircraft flying safely in the urban airspace
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- Article: A.L.I. Technologies Inc. announced the general release of Japan’s first aerodynamic motorcycle “Speeder®” series, Viva Drone, 2019
- Video: Flying Bike Demonstration, Jiji Video Center, Mar. 25, 2019
- Video: Hover bike “Speeder” prototype, CNET, Mar. 25, 2019
- Video: Future Hero, A.L.I. Technologies, Mar. 25, 2019
- Video: ALI Technologies "Speeder" Demo Drive, The Bridge, Mar. 25, 2019
- Article: “Japan startup unveils manned hoverbike, expecting it to fly above public roads”, The Bridge, Mar. 25, 2019
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- Article: Japanese company says it will mass produce hoverbikes within next three years, News (Australia), Mar. 27, 2019
- Video: “The “Flying bike” and aerial urban technology will play a role in ending ending traffic accidents and used for disaster relief, Japan.com, Oct. 20, 2019
- Article: Tired of Traffic? Take to the Skies with ALI Technologies’ Flying Bike, Nippon, Nov. 25, 2019