Transcend air Corporation has announced the development of a six-seater vertical take-off and landing aircraft called the Vy 400. The aircraft might revolutionize the business transit as it hopes to deliver business travellers directly to and from major city centres.
The vehicle will have a range of 450 miles and would be able to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 55 minutes. It will use a navigation system called fly-by-wire, meaning it will not be controlled manually but rather electronically and will potentially be automated
‘This is a necessary and transformative addition to city-to-city transportation options, it solves multiple problems at once: we’ll take cars off congested roads, reduce pollution around airports, and lower the cost of air transportation while drastically reducing travel times.’
‘It’ll cost less to operate, be less noisy, and because it transitions to fly like a jet, will be much faster. VTOLs have been around for decades, but thanks to new technology they are finally ready for the general public.’ said Greg Bruell, co-founder and CEO of Transcend.
However, trips will not be that easy as the cost of transportation from Boston New York will take 36 minutes and cost $283, LA to San Francisco for $315 and while Montreal to Toronto will cost $315
Transcend aims to use existing helipads and also claims that there are more than 46 city centre pairs in the US where their service will be less expensive.
The Vy 400 Will be ready for commercial use in 2024 and is able to travel at a speed of 405 miles per hour, which is three times faster than a helicopter. Those who wish to get the Vy 400 for themselves will have to shell out $3.5 million.
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