For about 4 years, we are seeing more and more ‘flying cars’. More and more companies, companies, projects that are with this concept underway. In some cases it’s that literal concept, like Klein Vision’s AirCar, a car with fold-out wings that can fly like a plane and be driven on the highway. In others, it’s basically a huge drone with seats. And in today’s case, a vehicle that looks like something out of an 80s Sci Fi film.
Created and designed by the Israeli company ‘Urban Aeronautics’, the CityHawk is “the first hydrogen-powered electric flying car “, and its most striking visual detail is that has no wings. You do not need them, as your maneuverability allows you operate vertically and can accommodate five passengers. Cityhawk is primarily designed to be used as flying taxi or emergency medical vehicle, and is also capable of multiple flights during the day.
Its creators point out that this flying car incorporates an innovative technology called “Vancraft”, which is based on rspecial otors with closed double ducts, and it works to increase overall stability even in turbulent conditions, as well as reducing noise in and out of the cab. In addition, autonomous air traffic systems similar to the autopilot of airplanes can detect and avoid buildings within cities.
The first to be powered by hydrogen
Best of all, the “Cityhawk” is designed to operate safely at night and in any type of weather, greatly expanding its usability capabilities. And one of the advantages of this flying car is the ability to land in urban areas such as rooftops, which saves time and increases its efficiency, something very important for its use as an emergency medical device.
The interior of the Cityhawk is designed to “Be as cozy as a luxury car, with comfortable seats, WiFi connectivity and several touch screens”. But without a doubt, one of its most important elements is in its energy technology: Urban Aeronautics partnered with the American company Hypoint with the aim of integrate fuel cell technology into the car for this to work with hydrogen and electricity.
At 7.7 meters long, 4.42m long, with 5 seats, a 1,000 liter hydrogen tank and a weight of 1.1 tonnes, the CityHawk has a range of 150 kilometers, possible thanks to the two huge propellers / rotors that it mounts in its front and rear. In addition, the vehicle has 360-degree sensors spread throughout the fuselage / body that allow you to detect obstacles such as buildings, power lines, etc. from other flying cars and also fly at night and / or in difficult weather conditions.
When will it be officially on the air? That’s the million dollar question with all of these gadgets, vehicles, and designs. At the moment there is still, but the CityHawk at least are the ones that already fly, as shown by the first tests that its creators have made public.