News hardware He made the first home-to-work ride in a flying car!
You probably don’t know the Swedish company Jetson yet, this small company not quite like the others, founded in 2017, designs and markets what will perhaps be the means of transport of tomorrow, the Jetson ONE, a very small ultralight aircraft capable of transporting a person over short distances at more than 100 km/h. We can’t wait to try this!
With the Jetson ONE, this CEO goes to work… in a flying car
Subway, work, sleep? Very little for him! Tomasz Patan, this Pole, head of a Swedish company and who lives in Tuscany in Italy, is a man in a hurry.
No traffic jams like in the Paris region at home, but winding roads, hills and above all fields as far as the eye can see that make him make many detours.
Based on this observation, and given that teleportation does not yet seem to be on the agenda, it quickly became apparent that the ideal solution would be to go through the air. The jet pack then seems to be the ready-made solution, but again, the technology does not really seem to be up to date…
The Jetson company, and its founder Tomasz Patan, have therefore embarked on the construction of a small individual aircraft which they do not hesitate to qualify as a flying car, quite simply. With the flying taxis that are expected in Paris for the 2024 Olympics, we are not that far from Luc Besson’s 5th element. The dream becomes reality !
Prize for the best innovation at the Vivatech show in Paris
After multiple small test flights, it was on May 21 that the Jetson ONE was finally able to make its first real full flight. He was thus tested in person by Tomasz Patan to perform his home-to-work journey in just 5 short minutes, which would have reduced his commuting time by 88% according to his words. Bluffing!
According to its founder, the handling of the Jetson ONE is extremely simple, it only takes a few minutes to understand it. The device, minimalist, weighs only 86 kg and measures 2.48 mx 1.5 mx 1.03 m. It is able to fly up to 102 km/h and support a person up to 100 kg. Only downside, for the moment, the Jetson ONE only has about twenty minutes of autonomy. Largely sufficient, however, for most daily journeys “as the crow flies”.
Better, it would not take more than an hour to recharge the device and the batteries would be removable to facilitate longer journeys (in the form of stages for example).
Marketed at the completely “reasonable” price (or not, it depends on your point of view) of $92,000 (about 87,000 euros), 400 copies of this vehicle not quite like the others had already found takers before the show Vivatech which took place last week in Paris.
But all this could well accelerate, because the device received the prize for the best innovation at the Paris fair and that could propel the Jetson company and its Jetson ONE to the top.