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January 9, 2024
Standing out among hundreds of other technology exhibits at an exhibit area at the Mirage Convention Center, was the Helix flying vehicle from Pivotal.
CEO Ken Karklin told me it would be the only showing in Las Vegas since it was being presented exclusively for the media in advance of CES.
Pivotal CEO Ken Karklin
The flying vehicle, which falls in the category of powered ultralights, does not require a pilot’s license to fly it.
This will be the first category of flying vehicles to hit the market, starting this year.
Air taxis and certified flying vehicles that require a pilot’s license are coming, but not until starting in 2025, due to regulatory requirements.
The Pivotal Hellis is a tilt aircraft with eight fixed rotors and tandem wings. It can emergency land on water and fly with maximum wind of 20 miles per hour.
Like other flying vehicles in this category, flight time is about 20 minutes, due to current battery technology limitations.
Flying time is expected to get longer as battery technology improves.
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Editorial Director AI & IoT
Chuck Martin, a New York Times Business Bestselling author, futurist and columnist, 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 is titled "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis). He also is the author of "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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