Intel CEO Brian Krzanich erster Passagier des Volocopters
Las Vegas/Bruchsal, 8 January 2018 - During the Intel keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, German Air Taxi company Volocopter today announced that it has taken Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as the very first passenger of a Volocopter. “That was fantastic. That was the best flight I have ever had. Everybody will fly one of these someday.” said Krzanich after completing the flight. “Autonomous Air Taxis are coming. Nothing shows our confidence better than taking a passenger aboard. We are happy it was Brian Krzanich of our strategic partner Intel” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, “Although the Volocopter might resemble a Helicopter, it really is a flying super computer creating a pleasant and safe ride.” The flight was remotely piloted and took place in an exhibition hall in Germany in December 2017. The Volocopter features very stable and safe flight characteristics, designed for operating as autonomous air taxis in megacities. Volocopter leverages Intel technology including flight control solutions with redundancy and safety features. The smooth flight is enabled by dozens of microprocessors monitoring the environment for turbulences, winds, etc. and sending signals in milliseconds to the rotors. These can react and perform the slightest adjustments instantly due to their battery powered electric motors. “From when we performed our first manned flight in 2011, we knew that safety is what we are really offering,” says Alex Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter. Volocopter has already received a permit-to-fly in Germany, flies regularly, and has conducted autonomous test flights in Dubai.
Volocopter GmbH is the global leader in the development of vertically launching, fully electrical multicopters for the transport of people as autonomous air taxis. The technical platform is extremely flexible and permits piloted, remote controlled and fully autonomous flight. In addition, the unique design offers a huge degree of safety based on the high redundancy of all critical components. The company’s stated objective is to make every human’s dream of flying come true and to help modern cities resolve their increasing mobility issues. As early as 2011 the company earned its entry into the history of aviation through the manned flight of the world’s first purely electrical multicopter. Since then the young enterprise has set new milestones: In 2016 Volocopter was granted provisional licensing for a two seater Volocopter by the German aviation authority and in 2017 the aviation start-up entered into an agreement with RTA Dubai over the global premiere of an autonomously flying air taxi. In the meantime, the founders Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel have gathered an excellent team of experienced managers like CEO Florian Reuter and CTO Jan-Hendrik. This paved the way for the further expansion of the company. Daimler, Intel, Lukasz Gadowski, and various other investors and business angels have invested in the company.
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