Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Over the last five decades (as of 2018), Embraer has designed, developed and certified close to 50 aircraft models, delivering over 8,000 aircraft to 100 countries. Embraer’s fleet has accumulated more than 50 million flight hours. Embraer was founded in 1969 and its main headquarters are based in São Paulo, Brazil. EmbraerX is the disruptive innovation subsidiary of the Embraer Group, is based in the USA and is the business group in charge of developing their eVTOL aircraft for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
EmbraerX has key design elements for their electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft which include: A human centered design, optimal safety, high reliability, redundant systems, a lower noise footprint to be community friendly, simplicity in design, advanced technology, 100% electric, passenger comfort and user experience, accessibility for anyone (young, older, special needs), low operating costs, autonomous flight and no emissions.
EmbraerX is a market accelerator committed to developing solutions that transform life’s experiences. As an organization, we are uniquely positioned to lead the world at the intersection of disruptive innovation, autonomy, and urban mobility because the values that drive our work are deeply human, cross-culturally resonant, and completely tech-enabled.
Quote from the EmbraerX website.
When Uber signed a partnership in 2017 with EmbraerX to make an aircraft for the Uber Elevate Network, a few details were revealed: The air taxi service that EmbraerX is working on with Uber is likely to launch in 2023. The aircraft will be an eVTOL aircraft, weight about one (1) ton, with one (1) pilot and four (4) passengers and baggage, be wheelchair friendly and fly at an altitude of 800 to 1,000 meters (2,600-3,300 feet). The batteries can be changed out in as little as 5 minutes between flights.
In 2018 at the Uber Elevate Summit of 2018, EmbraerX released graphics and more information about their eVTOL aircraft. Several versions of their eVTOL aircraft have been release to the public. Both models are similar in design and we are not sure of the models have the same name or different names. The aircraft's fuselage on both models is a sleek design with large windows for a better passenger experience.
The smaller eVTOL models has one (1) high-wing with booms on the ends of the wing, each boom has three (3) propellers for VTOL flight. Forward flight is by a ducted fan mounted on the rear of the aircraft. Notice that safety was built into the design of the aircraft: The wing and propellers for vertical flight are high so that passengers and crew won't hit their heads on the propeller and if someone walks near the rear of the aircraft, the rear propeller is shrouded in a duct and will protect anyone from hitting their head on a propeller.
On the second eVTOL model, there are high canard wings (two  sets of wings, with the front set being shorter than the rear set of wings) and there are eight (8) propellers for vertical flight. There are two (2) sets of VTOL propellers, each located on four booms located at the end of wings. There are two (2) rear ducted propellers for forward flight and they are located on the rear wing. Both models have helicopter-type skid landing gear. One can easily see that simplicity, functionality and elegance have all been included in both eVTOL aircraft models.
The next decade will be critical to the growth and acceptance of the UAM industry. During this period, standards for safety, security, and performance will be defined. Communication and data exchange standards will be created, and frameworks for airspace design and management will be decided. Technological advancements will push eVTOLs closer to full autonomy. The decisions made in the next decade will determine how and if UAM will be implemented in different cities and countries.
EmbraerX May 2019 White Paper, page 10.
EmbraerX Flight Plan 2030 white paper, on page 12, notes that UAM flight has unique requirements such as: Flying to and from many urban locations, high traffic volumes, require a smaller separation of space between other eVTOLs, fly closer in proximity to buildings, rely on data links rather than voice communications, operate safely next to conventional airplanes, helicopters, jets and small drones, and flying safely over densely populated areas.
We propose a new approach called Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM). UATM is a system that will use strategically designed airspace structures and procedures to ensure urban flights remain safe and efficient while minimizing the impact on ATM [Air Traffic Management].
EmbraerX May 2019 White Paper, page 14.
EmbraerX's May 2019 white paper reveals a possible third model for their eVTOL design (see below). Or that particular eVTOL graphic (with the three (3) ducted propellers for VTOL flight) in the white paper may simply be a representation of an eVTOL aircraft that is simply in the white paper for illustration purposes only.
EmbraerX was announced as an Uber Partner at the April 2017 Elevate Summit (Dallas, Texas, USA) with no details were released. On May 8, 2018 at the second Uber Elevate Summit (Los Angeles, California, USA), Embraer released artist's concepts of their eVTOL Air Taxi (shown below), and named the DreamMaker.
EmbraerX launched their white paper Flight Plan 2030 in May, at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 (Washington, D.C., USA). The EmbraerX Flight Plan 2030 white paper addresses one of the most critical challenges of the Urban Air Mobility Industry: The design and management of the low-altitude urban airspace.
EmbraerX has also been involved in development of the Embraer Pulse Concept, a ground and air concept vehicle.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL
- VTOL flight: 8 electric propellers.
- Forward flight: 1 or 2 rear ducted propellers (depending upon its final design)
- Pilot: 1.
- Passengers: 4 plus baggage. The aircraft will be wheel chair friendly.
- Autonomous capable.
- Fly-by-wire: 5th generation fly-by-wire.
- Weight: 1 ton.
- Normal cruise altitude: 800-1,000 meters (2,600-3,300 feet).
- Landing gear: Two helicopter-like skids.
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- Video: Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva remarks at Uber Elevate, Elevate Summit, Apr. 25, 2017
- Article: Uber Partners with Embraer to Manufacture Electric VTOLs, eVTOL News, Apr. 25, 2017
- Article: Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs, Reuters, Dec. 15, 2017
- Article: Embraer Aiming For Flying Uber Taxi Launch In 2024, CleanTechnica, Dec. 23, 2017
- Article: Three New eVTOLS Unveiled at Uber Elevate, Aviation International News Online, May 9, 2018
- Article: Embraer X unveils first eVTOL concept, eVTOL News, May 24, 2018
- Video: EmbraerX. Air transport will never be the same., Embraer, Jul. 19, 2018
- White Paper: Flight Plan 2030, EmbraerX, May 2019
- Article: Embraer Introduces eVTOL, AVweb, Jun. 11, 2019
- Video: Introducing the new #EmbraerX eVTOL concept, Embraer, Jun. 11, 2019
- Video: #EmbraerX at Uber Elevate Summit 2019, Embraer, Jun. 12, 2019
- Article: Bell and Embraer Want to Make the eVTOL Dream a Reality, Aviation International News Online, Aug. 12, 2019
- Article: Embraer, Bell, Brazil, & Uber Elevate Are Shaping Our Urban Air Mobility, Clean Technica, Aug. 18, 2019
- Press Release: Leading Experts to Address Vertical Flight Aircraft Autonomy, evtol.news, August 5, 2020