Russian based distruptive tech-startup, Bartini, is planning to disrupt the air space transport system by showcasing the prototype of its groundbreaking flying Blockchain-powered AeroTaxi project to the residents of Skolkovo, in Russia.
About a hundred years ago, mankind took to the skies, with the Wright brothers blazing the trail in early aviation technologies as opportunities arose and sectors embraced the then new found developments. Ever since then, engineers, scientists and innovators have been looking for cheaper, more effective and less cost consuming ways of soaring through the skies, and it looks like they just might have succeeded. Powered by Blockchain aero, the new Bartini flying car is innovative to say the least. With slim and slick design, nice aerodynamics and relatively low cost of purchase (ranging from 100,000 dollars to 120,000 dollars). This car is a dream come true for all who were involved in its creation as well as the thousands if not millions of potential future owners of the product. The new Bartini flying car is basically a taxi service operating in the lower levels of the skies.
Blockchain-powered AeroTaxi sets to change air transport history starting from Russia
This vehicle though unmanned can execute a wide range of functions that include but are not limited to vertical take-offs and landings, as well as fly in unmanned mode. Since it is essentially a taxi service, Aerotaxi as it is fondly called will be run with the blockchain technology. For those who don’t understand, it is better to think of block chain technology as the ability to make day to day transactions as well as payment for services via accepted crypto currency. It is all so well thought out, and with the Internet of things integration (IoT) and artificial intelligence technology (AI) it is much more efficient than ever with the added bonus of requiring little human intervention to work, the cost of flight is calculated using an open algorithm that takes into account the supply and demand of fuel for the vehicle. That is to say, you don’t need cash to board, just make an online payment via your selected platform and you are ready to go.
The development of flying cars in Russia is not restricted to Bartini alone as in recent years many corporations and companies have taken a keen interest in the recent progress made in the field. The technology is expected to help relieve the heavy traffic on the already over worked transport system. Alexander Atamanov company head of ATM freight drones, enthusiastic about the recent developments in the industry, is keen to make the most of the early hype and infatuation with the technology:
“We will not wait for traffic and there will be no traffic lights. Any transportation will be a dozen times quicker than by the ground transport” Atamanov said.
With Russia’s recent progressive approach in sector, though the technology is relatively new, the demand for it is expected to be high once it eventually hits the market with AeroNet Director Sergei Zhukov expecting a potential boom.
“The project has lots of potential as passenger taxi especially in places that lack airport infrastructure” He is quoted as saying by the Rbth website.
But as with all new technologies, the Bartini Aerotaxi along with other similar products in the market is faced with a mountain of problems that it has to navigate, through until it is made available in the market, one of which is legislation and State regulation, with the bureaucratic process expected to take about 10 years to officially lay down the ground rules necessary for the commercial use of the technology. According to Vladamir Pirozhkov, an automobile manufacturer, it is also necessary to develop rules for air traffic certificate, space navigation, and security. As expected, manufacturers are already lobbying to get the needed legislation on ground for the technology, with many major players in the industry mounting pressure on government to create the conditions instrumental to the industry’s success, while being quick to point out the benefits of early investments in such technology.
So what do you think? Are flying cars and the Aerotaxi in particular the key to finally solving our transportation problems? Please feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section.