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New Future Transportation Unveils ‘Drive-Fly’ eVTOL Concept

By Brian Garrett-Glaser | June 11, 2019
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Concept art of ASKA, "flying bird" eVTOL vehicle unveiled by New Future Technologies.

Concept art of ASKA, "flying bird" eVTOL vehicle unveiled by New Future Technologies.

It’s the first eVTOL vehicle concept that will be able to both drive on the road and fly as an aircraft, according to New Future Transportation (NFT).

NFT unveiled its design for ASKA, which means “flying bird” in Japanese, online and has plans to display a model of the vehicle at EcoMotion in Tel Aviv, Israel, from June 10-13.

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Concept art of ASKA, "flying bird" eVTOL vehicle unveiled by New Future Technologies.

Concept art of ASKA, "flying bird" eVTOL vehicle unveiled by New Future Technologies.

The company says ASKA was developed “with a team of experts with vast experience in aeronautical and autonomous AI systems, including the development of the most advanced unmanned air vehicles in Israel and the U.S.,” according to information published by the Vertical Flight Society. None of those experts are identified on its website, however, aside from the two co-founders, Maki and Guy Kaplinsky.

NFT claims ASKA will have a range of up to 350 miles, accommodate up to three people, fly and drive autonomously and take off and land vertically using “breakthrough technology [that] delivers necessary thrust within a limited space.” The company notes its eVTOL design would require minimal infrastructure investment, as it can be parked on the street or in a garage and charge from existing charging stations.

On top of NFT’s lofty promises for its vehicle, the company’s website describes ambitions of “affordability” and mass-market potential, including both ownership and subscription-based models of use for the vehicle.

NFT plans to fly a “not quite full scale” model unmanned demonstrator vehicle in the first quarter of 2020.

 

 

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