Drone ‘bus’ that can transport 40 people from NYC to the Hamptons for just $85 in 2024

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Drone ‘bus’ that can carry 40 people at a time lets New Yorkers fly to the Hamptons for just $85 — a fraction of the cost of a helicopter — but startup makers say it won’t be ready until 2024

  • A startup designs a drone bus to compete with public transport
  • The vehicle can carry 40 people, plus a pilot
  • The first route will take passengers from Manhattan to the Hamptons
  • The 30-minute flight costs $85 and will start in 2024
  • Other routes include San Francisco to Los Angels and Paris to London

While Uber Elevate plans to launch an air taxi service for up to four passengers in 2023, a New York start-up is thinking bigger by developing a drone bus that seats 40 people.

Kelekona recently unveiled plans for a giant electric vertical take-off and landing craft (eVTOL) to transport people between cities, with the first route heading to Manhattan and the Hamptons.

This flight would take just 30 minutes and would cost fliers $85 – the same price as a train ticket.

The company is looking to 2024 for its first passenger flights and plans to expand to several regions soon after, including London to Paris and Los Angeles to San Francisco. .

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Kelekona recently unveiled plans for a giant electric vertical take-off and landing craft (eVTOL) to transport people between cities, with the first route to Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Kelekona recently unveiled plans for a giant electric vertical take-off and landing craft (eVTOL) to transport people between cities, with the first route to Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Founder Braeden Kelekona said: Digital trends The company’s main competitor is public transport, as many travelers hit the road, hop on a train or wait online for the bus when embarking on a vacation or weekend getaway.

And it seems fitting that the first route would be in New York.

“We have a very small airspace in New York,” Kelekona told the news channel.

“It never made sense for us to make a small plane that could only carry six people.

The company is looking to 2024 for its first passenger flights and plans to expand to several regions soon after, including London to Paris and Los Angeles to San Francisco.

The company is looking to 2024 for its first passenger flights and plans to expand to several regions soon after, including London to Paris and Los Angeles to San Francisco.

To achieve one-hour one-way flights, Kelekona is developing a method with interchangeable batteries, similar to what Tesla uses in its Model S and Model 3 cars.

To achieve one-hour one-way flights, Kelekona is developing a method with interchangeable batteries, similar to what Tesla uses in its Model S and Model 3 cars.

“You have to have the kind of public transport that we rely on here in the city. It makes sense to try to transport as many people as possible in one plane, so that we don’t take up the airspace.’

After Kelekona goes live on the New York route, the company plans to add other routes, including Boston to New York; New York to Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles to San Francisco.

Resembling a flying saucer and hot air balloon mash-up, the drone bus is designed with eight thrust vectoring fans with movable propellers to perform all phases of flight: vertical takeoff, forward flying and landing.

And to achieve one-hour one-way flights, Kelekona is developing a method with interchangeable batteries, similar to what Tesla uses in its Model S and Model 3 cars.

Resembling a flying saucer and hot air balloon mash-up, the drone bus is designed with eight thrust vectoring fans with movable propellers to perform all phases of flight: vertical takeoff, forward flying and landing

Resembling a flying saucer and hot air balloon mash-up, the drone bus is designed with eight thrust vectoring fans with movable propellers to perform all phases of flight: vertical takeoff, forward flying and landing

By using interchangeable batteries, the drone bus can reduce lead time when flying between hubs, eliminating the need for recharging.

The battery pack will also be equipped with 3.6 megawatt-hours of capacity, according to the New York startup, which is enough to power thousands of homes.

In addition to taking passengers for pleasure rides, Kelekona also sees its drone bus carrying cargo for military personnel in war zones or assisting as airborne medical evacuation in an emergency.

Although Kelekona has chosen a route and set a date for passenger flights, it has designed its drone bus only in computer simulations.

But Kelekona told Digital Trends that the world is “expected to see our plane in the sky next year.”

Uber Technologies sold its air taxi business to Joby Aviation in December, but the deal didn’t cancel Uber’s initial plans to carry passengers by air by 2023.

While the terms of the transaction have not been released, Uber has agreed to invest $75 million in Joby Aviation.

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