Archer Aviation on Thursday launched its first electric air taxi and used a virtual flight to demonstrate how the plane would perform.
The California-based aircraft maker used Extended Reality (XR) technology to simulate commercial flights during the launch of its electric two-passenger vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) “Maker” on Thursday.
“Archer has a big and bold vision of the company. And our approach at this crucial time must match,” Archer̵7;s head of marketing and communications, Louise Bristow, said in a statement on Thursday.
He continued: “We want to provide an experience that goes beyond the usual product launch conventions. and to bring together a unique group of partners to create something truly immersive for our audience.”
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The company aims to launch a commercial four-passenger version of the Maker by 2024 in Miami and Los Angeles.
Video of the simulated flight shows Archer Aviation co-founder and CEO Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein flying over cityscapes and mountains.
Finally, battery-powered air taxis will help customers avoid traffic congestion by transporting them up to 60 miles at 150 miles per hour for between $3 and $4 per mile. Air taxi services may eventually resemble ride-sharing services like Uber in the future.
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“The Maker launch took years to build and is an important juncture for the eVTOL industry and the future of transportation,” Adcock said in a statement. “Every day at Archer we are working to build the future. And we have never felt closer than we introduced the world to Maker.”
Goldstein hopes Maker will eventually introduce “our largest city to the next generation of safe and sustainable travel.”
Archer plans to go public at $3.8 billion when merged with Atlas Crest Investment Corporation, backed by United Airlines.
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The aviation company is in the process of certifying four passenger aircraft for commercial launch in 2024 with the Federal Aviation Administration.
“FAA can certify new technologies such as eVTOLs through existing regulations. We may issue special terms or additional terms. It depends on the type of project,” the agency told the store.