Electric rescue lifts off
German air rescue service ADAC Luftrettung has begun trialling vertical take-off and landing craft. The organisation, part of ADAC road rescue, will examine whether the Volocopter machines can transport emergency personnel more quickly than regular response vehicles.
The manned electric Volocopters, which are based on autonomous drone technology, will be able to transport two people up to 30kms
The study will cost €0.5m and will also include Volocopter simulations conducted by the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
“The Volocopter is based on a technical platform permitting its diverse and reliable use as an air taxi, heavy lifting drone or in rescue missions,” says Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter.
e-takeout: Volocopter is a company to keep an eye on. This year it did self-driving flying taxi trials in the Middle East, next year its VTOLs will take to the air in Singapore.