If you want to get the attention of vehicle enthusiasts of all types, you need to show them something new, doing what their current vehicles don’t do and can’t do, and the Jetson ONE from Jetson Aero just did. I’m not sure what to call it, but ARV (Aerial Recreational Vehicle) sounds about right and it just might mark the beginning of something big.
We’ve all seen the quadcopter drones flying around and it doesn’t take much to imagine someone building a bigger version, big enough to carry you into the air instead of remotely flying it with your feet on the ground. Jetson Aero has done it. The Jetson ONE carries one person. Flight time with a 187 pound pilot is 20 minutes. Top speed level flight (software limited) is 63 mph. Flight controls consist of a 3 axis control stick and throttle lever. It has hands free hover and emergency functions, it can fly with the loss of a motor and a ballistic parachute can lower the entire craft should that become necessary.
Watch the video and you can imagine an off-road motorcycle or ATV/UTV covering the same terrain, but with this, you are above it all and able to traverse areas inaccessible to a wheeled vehicle of any sort.
The price, … $92,000 and their order book is filling up rapidly.
Before you scoff at the price and range and limited carry capacity, think instead of this being the first of what will inevitably be a huge and growing vehicle segment. If one company can do it, others will follow, the performance will get better and the price will come down and I, for one, can’t wait to see that happen.
This is the electric future I want, how about you?
Source: Jetson Aero