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German urban air taxi manufacturer Volocopter has signed a deal with Honeywell to jointly develop new navigation and automatic landing systems.
They will be used on Volocopter’s vertical take-off and landing aircraft - perhaps as early as this year, the companies suggest.
“A key goal of our collaboration is to fly a Honeywell inertial measurement-based attitude reference system solution in one of our Volocopters in 2019,” says Jan Hendrik Boelens, chief technology officer, Volocopter.
Urban air mobility is seen by its supporters as having a key role to play in cities of the future. Volocopter plans to test its air taxis in Singapore later this year and has signed an agreement with authorities at Frankfurt Airport to develop ground infrastructure.
“Congestion and traffic jams continue to be time killers for people in modern megacities,” Boelens says. “New time-saving, environmentally-friendly solutions are required, and air taxis will certainly be one of them. Honeywell’s wealth of experience and knowledge in the development of next-generation avionics technologies combined with our manufacturing expertise will make autonomous, on-demand air mobility a reality across the world.”
Honeywell has a range of autonomous sensing and flight technologies, such as inertial measurement units and attitude heading reference solutions.