Aus­tralian-based, Alau­da Aero­nau­tics, renowned for its pio­neer­ing Air­speed­er eVTOLs, announced last week that in Sep­tem­ber the com­pa­ny had suc­cess­ful­ly tri­alled three fly­ing rac­ing craft in close prox­im­i­ty, reports a press release. A long series of safe­ty work was car­ried out first in order to achieve this mile­stone event.

This is a major part to Airspeeder’s mis­sion of cre­at­ing a fly­ing car motor­sport where mul­ti­ple craft com­pete togeth­er on the same com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

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Sim­i­lar to that of For­mu­la 1’s orig­i­nal tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments mov­ing from rac­ing cars to dai­ly auto­mo­biles, the Air­speed­er eVTOL incor­po­rates safe­ty advances that have saved count­less lives over the years, while serv­ing as an ide­al prov­ing ground for new tech­nolo­gies.

This recent tri­al is anoth­er impor­tant step for Alau­da as the com­pa­ny clos­es in on larg­er scale air­speed­er races, where this indus­try ulti­mate­ly pro­gress­es towards inte­grat­ed AAV oper­a­tions.

A num­ber of tech­nolo­gies still require sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment in order to enable the nec­es­sary ops data for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and safe­ty eval­u­a­tion activ­i­ties, but Alauda’s dri­ve towards more tight­ly packed eVTOLs in the sky, if only for rac­ing at this time, is still an impor­tant step for­ward in the eVTOL devel­op­ment time­line.

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