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Vinata Aeromobility Flying Car (concept design)

Vinata Aeromobility hybrid-electric VTOL passenger multicopter aircraft

 

Flying Car (concept design)
Vinata Aeromobility
Korattur Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
www.vinataeromobility.com

In 2021, Yogesh Ramanathan, CEO & Lead Designer, founded Vinata Aeromobility in Korattur Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. The company is in the business of developing a fully autonomous hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) combination aircraft and road vehicle for advanced air mobility (AAM). The company has expertise in quad-configuration VTOL technology, quadcopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), automotive design, hybrid systems, aerospace, aviation, urban air mobility, transportation and logistics. The company is currently looking for investors.

Flying Car hybrid-electric passenger VTOL concept design road vehicle and aircraft
The Vinata Aeromobility Flying Car is an autonomous hybrid-electric two passengers VTOL quad-copter aircraft and is a car with four road wheels. The aircraft is proposed to have an Artificial Intelligence (AI) cockpit for an enhanced user experience. The aircraft will also have an option to be piloted manually. The aircraft has large windows allowing forward, left, right and top visibility.

The aircraft has an estimated cruise speed (in the air) of 120 km/h (75 mph) and the foreseen range (air) of the aircraft is 100 km (62 miles). The flight time of the aircraft is anticipated to be 60 minutes. The road speed and road range of the vehicle is unknown as of July 2021. The aircraft has eight propellers, four road wheels, 12 electric motors and is powered by Lithium-ion batteries. There is a short V-tail in the rear of the aircraft.

The fuselage is made from carbon fiber composite for a high strength and low weight ratio. The calculated maximum altitude is 914 m (3,000 ft). The predicted empty weight of the vehicle is 990 kg (2,183 lb), with a maximum payload weight of 310 kg (683 lb) and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,300 kg (2,866 lb).

The company says that safety is their highest priority. The aircraft/road vehicle will incorporate software flight-envelope protection, return-to-home capability, geofencing, soft-landing assistance, includes a comprehensive training package and a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system.

The company has stated their aircraft is quiet, safe, comfortable, provides hassle-free commuting, is user friendly, sustainable, eco-friendly, has onboard entertainment, spectacular views, has a luxurious feel and is affordable. The Vinata Aeromobility aircraft/road vehicle is also a scalable.

Vinata Aeromobility expects to have flying prototype to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2022 (CES 2022) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. According to an August 2021 article, the company expects the aircraft to be ready for commercial use by 2023.

Flying Car outfitted for emergency medical service

Flying Car outfitted for emergency medical service

Flying Car passenger version, side view

Flying Car passenger version, side view

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft and road vehicle
  • Piloting: Autonomous AI cockpit
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Cruise speed (air): 120 km/h (75 mph)
  • Range (air): 100 km (62 miles)
  • Flight time: 60 minutes
  • Maximum altitude: 914 m (3,000 ft)
  • Empty weight: 990 kg (2,183 lb)
  • Maximum payload weight: 310 kg (683 lb)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1,300 kg (2,866 lb)
  • Propellers: 8 propellers
  • Electric Motors: 12 electric motors (8 for propellers, 4 for ground wheels)
  • Power source: Hybrid-electric power source with Lithium-ion batteries
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
  • Doors: Gull-wing doors
  • Windows: Larger windows allowing for forward, left, right and top views for the passengers
  • Tail: V-tail
  • Landing gear: 4 fixed quadricycle wheeled landing gear which are also used for road travel
  • Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft. There aircraft has a whole aircraft emergency ballistic parachute system and a return-to-home capability.

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