EVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) manufacturer LuftCar signs paid partnership agreement with Neurobotx to bring its innovative, energy efficient and modular EVTOL faster to market. LuftCar is an autonomous air and road vehicle with electrical propulsion and vertical take-off and landing capability based out of Orlando, Florida.
LuftCar shows a unique design that allows for docking and undocking of the car from its EVTOL system, making it particularly attractive not just for commercial use, but also for military and healthcare applications. Importantly, LuftCar has recently signed an MOU with BOSCH to develop hydrogen fuel cell components BoP components for the EVOTL market.
LuftCar CEO Santh Sathya says: "LuftCar can use the Neurobotx XR simulations for testing, development and validation or air and road transitions, evaluate human factors, communicate cargo, passenger and disaster relief use experience through digital twin, develop exclusive defence mission training campaigns for [the] air force, navy and marine corp. LuftCar would also demonstrate hydrogen handling, safety and refueling VTOL experiences to customers and stakeholders through the VR."
Before founding LuftCar, Santh was head of systems engineering at Boeing - Insitu drones, and led Model-Based Systems Engineering and digital twin development.
Dr. Diana Deca, CEO of Neurobotx, comments on the partnership: "Neurobotx is thrilled to work with LuftCar and leverage our technology, marketing and business development abilities to bring it faster to market. On our platform, millions of users will be able to experience the patented LuftCar docking model, have their car take off and travel long distances, while generating much-needed data for pilot training, regulatory approval, [and] investor and client diligence. Our unique neuromorphic backend fits the energy efficiency demands for EVTOL to become fully hydrogen-based. Most importantly, we love working with colleagues from the Boeing family!"
Dr. Deca adds on the LuftCar commercial partnership: "This is just one of the many partners we have onboarded on our Metapilot platform. Unlike industry competitors that just gather simulation data without much change from the 1980's, Metapilot is a fully immersive XR experience, with a neuromorphic backend, haptics, and based on my own doctoral research in 2xNobel laureate lab that discovered the brain's navigation system. Essentially, we are rebuilding the pilot brain inside the aircraft. And only 2 weeks after launch, we are in the top games on Steam, a platform that gets 700 new games per day. These are exciting times. And for LuftCar, we will simulate unique applications in governmental and commercial applications to show its unique features. We will also partner for discussions with investors, governmental and airline clients, as well as regulatory approval via our joint NASA partnerships."
Similarly, Santh sees advantages in the Neurobotx partnership that he could not find elsewhere: "Moreover, LuftCar can use the VR simulations for testing, development and validation or air and road transitions, evaluate human factors, communicate cargo, passenger and disaster relief use experience through digital twin, develop exclusive defense mission training campaigns for air force, navy and marine corp. LuftCar would also demonstrate hydrogen handling, safety and refueling, VTOL experiences to customers and stakeholders through the VR."
To join the beta tester community, download Metapilot on Steam and reach out to Neurobotx and LuftCar directly.