AirspaceX MOBi-ONE Autonomous Electric Flying Vehicle Lands In Detroit

AirSpaceX has used the North American International Auto Show to unveil a scale model of its upcoming vertical take-off and landing aircraft called the MOBi-ONE.

Designed and built by the Detroit Aircraft Corporation, the MOBi-ONE is billed as an electric and autonomous flying vehicle which can take-off and land like a helicopter but fly like a plane.

The MOBi-ONE is designed to transport passengers and cargo between airports and urban centers which are within 60 miles (96 km) of each other. The aircraft will reportedly be able to hit speeds of up to 250 mph (402 km/h) and carry up to four passengers as well as 100 kg (220 lbs) of cargo.

AirspaceX also suggests the MOBi-ONE will have three different modules including ones for flight, payload, and ground transportation. That latter module could be used to transform the model into a flying car but little is known about it.

In a statement, Detroit Aircraft and AirSpaceX founder Jon Rimanelli said “MOBi-ONE will offer clean, quiet, and connected on-demand air mobility to the mass traveling public at an affordable price.” He says this is possible because the company will mass produce the model using “lean automotive design and mass production techniques.”

If everything goes according to plan, the company will deploy 2,500 aircraft in the nation’s 50 largest cities by 2026.

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  • lagunas3ca

    Can carry up to four passengers as well as 100 kg (220 lbs) of cargo -OR- one Amy Schumer.

  • john1168

    Looks like a complicated design… I hate these stupid flying car/vehicle concepts. They make it look so easy to leave car traffic behind and take to the skies where they’d have you believe there’s no traffic and you’re free to do and go where ever you want. Just one little problem. Air traffic control may say otherwise. Especially when the weather is bad.

    • SteersUright

      Also, when there are any number of these in the sky we will have just as many “traffic” issues and perhaps even new ones. How fun will it be to walk around with hundreds of these buzzing loudly overhead? Certainly will be interesting to see how this story develops into our future though…

      • john1168

        Yeah, the sound! I didn’t think of that… I don’t think these things will be flying that high, maybe up to 10,000 feet since they won’t have pressurization, so there’s gonna be a whole lot of noise from the propellers. And each vehicle will have at least four high speed props making a racket at low altitude. People complain now with airport noise with relatively quiet high bypass turbofans on passenger planes, can you imagine your neighbor taking off and landing waking everyone up…

        I’m all for flying cars but putting complicated folding wings or 4 or 6 or 8 or whatever number of noisy props on a vehicle isn’t the answer. Fortunately, not a lot of people will be able to afford these so we won’t get to see many of them BUT it is leading to an interesting future.

  • Иван Дубровский

    We can say that flying cars today are not a scalable solution. Yes, the prospect of the next few decades will show whether we will fly in personal airmobiles, but today we can only list a long list of problems that developers of flying machines will have to face. At the same time, transport problems must be solved now, and the solution must be strategic and universal. And there is such a solution – SkyWay.
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