Air Taxi Delivered to Japan; 5-Seater Electric Vehicle

The flying vehicle is expected to be used to demonstrate flights at the 2025 Osaka World Expo

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

April 4, 2024

3 Min Read

An eVTOL (electric takeoff and landing) startup delivered its first flying vehicle to Japan.

European electric aerial vehicle (EAV) maker AutoFlight delivered its five-seater Prosperity to an advanced air mobility (AAM) operator in Japan.

The flying vehicle is expected to be used to demonstrate EAV flights at the 2025 Osaka World Expo along with wider AAM deployments in Japan.

AutoFlight also received type certification (TC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for its CarryAll, the cargo carrying version of Prosperity.

This is believed to be the first eVTOL vehicle above one ton to have been awarded type certification.

“The official delivery of the first Prosperity to a customer signifies a new chapter for AutoFlight as we begin to ship our innovative electric aircraft to global markets,” said Tian Yu, founder and co-chairman of AutoFlight. “Additionally, on the cargo side the receipt of orders for over 200 CarryAll planes already demonstrates a very strong market demand for our products.”

The electric CarryAll EAV can operate fully autonomously with a maximum takeoff weight of two tons, according to the company.

AutoFlight recently conducted the first inter-city electric taxi trip in China, flying between the southern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

Related:Air Taxi Flies Between China Cities; 3-Hour Drive Cut to 20 Minutes

The demonstration flight by the Prosperity EAV was uncrewed and flew fully autonomously.

The flight across the Pearl River Delta cut a typical three-hour car drive to a 20-minute flight.

This is believed to be the world’s first public flight of an EAV on a cross-sea and inter-city route.

The EAV strategy in the region calls for the opening of thousands of vertiports and hundreds of eVTOL travel routes across the Greater Bay Area in southern China with passenger-carrying flights expected in two years.

AutoFlight’s has partnered with Heli-Eastern, a general aviation carrier and helicopter service provider, which has agreed to purchase 100 Prosperity vehicles.

AutoFlight also has created a fully functional prototype of a flying vehicle aimed at firefighting and able to carry up to 800 pounds with a range of 124 miles.

The self-flying EAV is designed to transport four high-performance fire-extinguishing canisters weighing 22 pounds each with the capacity to extinguish fires covering up to 235 square yards individually. 

An earlier version of the Prosperity was tested last year by taking off vertically and flying in formation. Those vehicles have flown at different heights and for different durations with test flights ranging up to 75 miles at a time and up to 42 minutes per flight.

AutoFlight also has demonstrated a formation of three self-flying EAVs in Shanghai.

The company has dual headquarters in Shanghai, China, and Augsburg, Germany.

The seven-year-old startup is backed by the European technology holding company Team Global, which also has investments in EAV companies Archer Aviation and Volocopter.

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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