Jetson says it has already sold more than 300 of its electric aerial vehicles

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

October 3, 2023

2 Min Read
The Jetson One eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicle in the sky.
Jetson

Singer, songwriter and technology entrepreneur Will.i.am has invested in a flying car startup that plans to start deliveries of its electric aerial vehicles (EAV) in 2024.

The $15 million seed round of financing in Jetson included Will.i.am and other angel investors.

More than 300 Jetson One eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles have been sold at $98,000 per vehicle, according to the company.

Will.i.am plans to train to become one of Jetson’s first pilots, according to the company, which operates at a private airfield south of Florence and plans to expand operations to the U.S. 

“I’m proud to be a part of the Jetson family and support the company’s mission to democratize flight, opening the skies to all,” said Will.i.am. “Personal aircraft ideal for short point-to-point flights will soon be a reality.”

Besides having been the front man of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am has designed and manufactured custom cars with futuristic features working with Mercedes-Benz and DeLorean.

The Jetson One EAV is in the category of ultralight, which does not require a pilot license to fly and has certain limitations, such as not being capable of flying faster than 63 mph.

The Jetson One has eight motors, a lidar sensor auto landing system and hands-free hovering capability. 

Related:10,000 Personal Flying Vehicles Planned by Florida Company

As is common with other one-person EAVs coming to market in 2024, the Jetson One is operated by joystick controls.

“Jetson is on a mission to redefine the future of air mobility and transportation,” said Tomasz Patan, co-founder and chief technology officer. “We are enabling new and exciting ways of travel, which will solve many problems, ultimately making our cities a much better place to live.”

Patan plans to make the first U.S. test flights later this month.

Other forms of eVTOL vehicles also are under development, though that passenger-carrying category requires more stringent rules and regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

Those include electric flying taxis and EAVs for personal use that require a pilot license, at least until the FAA details new training requirements for such vehicles.

Major airlines including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines all have placed orders or pre-orders for electric aerial vehicles.

Like what you've read? For more stories like this on flying cars and emerging technologies, sign up for our free daily email newsletter to stay updated!

Read more about:

Flying Cars

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.

Sign Up for the Newsletter
The most up-to-date news and insights into the latest emerging technologies ... delivered right to your inbox!

You May Also Like