The VoloDrone has many similar features to the VoloCity, as it can carry the same maximum payload of 200 kg and the same maximum speed of 68 kg mph (110 km / h) at a distance of up to 40 km. With a width of 9.2 m and a height of 2.3 m, the VoloDrone occupies almost as much space as its counterpart to the air taxi. Likewise, the charging process is carried out by changing the battery, which lasts no longer than five minutes.
The expansion of Volocopter into the utility drone business should not come as a surprise. While the German company is already supported by Daimler and Geely, a multi-purpose industrial drone serves as a springboard – both in terms of development and in terms of business – into the much more sophisticated and unexplored air taxi market. Competitors like Lilium, Kitty Hawk and Uber have also been making noise lately, but with the exception of Uber, most of them seem to focus on passenger planes. For cargo drones, Boeing has developed one that can carry up to 500 pounds.
Just last week, Volocopter successfully completed its first public demo flight over Marina Bay in Singapore, albeit for only two minutes and with a pilot on board. Still, that was still a long way from the terrible starting days of the team. More importantly, Volocopter has also ensured that its air traffic control system is responsible for both its air taxis and old air transports.
There is not a word about when we can see a VoloDrone in the sky – the company said only “in the near future”. On the other hand, the two-seater VoloCity could be put into service within the next two to four years, with Singapore being a likely candidate for the first hub in Southeast Asia.