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The idea of flying cars without a human pilot at the controls scares a lot of people. As much as everyone would love to have an affordable way to hop over city congestion, there’s still a big mental hurdle many must overcome before they truly embrace a future that includes autonomous UAM (urban air mobility). However, many forward-thinkers in the industry and public are embracing the concept. One of the strongest industry supporters is Honeywell Aerospace. Around the time of the 2019 Uber Elevate Summit on urban mobility in June, Honeywell announced an MOU signing with Vertical Aerospace to address the technical, regulatory, and business challenges of the emerging UAM segment. The companies plan to integrate Honeywell avionics, navigation, and fly-by-wire technologies into future Vertical eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft. In support of this and other UAM customers, Honeywell has unveiled a compact fly-by-wire computer (shown) for autonomous and UAM vehicles about the size of a paperback book that packs the brains of flight controls into one system. It signed an agreement with an unnamed air-taxi developer to supply its new IntuVue RDR-84K band radar system for automating the takeoff and landing process of UAM aircraft. The company even announced a partnership with Denso in the aerospace and automotive sectors to develop hybrid-electric and fully electric powertrains. Previously, the company exhibited a new 400-kV hybrid-electric turbogenerator prototype designed to power the multiple propellers and fans for UAM vehicles. The systems are just the latest Honeywell is developing for the fast-growing UAM market. More than 100 companies worldwide—including Honeywell customers Volocopter, Pipistrel, and eViation—are designing new cargo and passenger aircraft capable of on-demand flight across short distances, many of them self-flying and able to take off and land vertically.
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