By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Common parts in science fiction films and cartoons, flying cars are becoming closer to reality. Brazil wants to lead the development of this segment in the world, according to executives from Embraer’s Atech subsidiary, present at the 12th LAAD Defense & Security.
“We are already anticipating, preparing a vision and a concept of how we will be able to see the future of the future. It will be air traffic. This is what our project will be”, stated Marcos Resende, director of technology at Atech.
At a press conference at the most important defense and security trade show in Latin America, held in April in Rio de Janeiro, representatives of the company revealed details involving eVTOL.
“In Brazil, specifically, there are large metropolitan areas with very great potential to develop urban mobility solutions discussed. São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have huge traffic problems and bottlenecks. There is great potential for it to develop here”, explained Atech’s president Edson Mallaco.
Embraer’s flying car, eVTOL is being developed by another segment of the Brazilian company, Embraer X, and has had its first sketches shown earlier this year at the South By Southwest (SXSW) innovation festival in the United States. By the concept disclosed, the vehicle will be similar to a helicopter, powered by electricity and will have vertical takeoff and landing.
According to business development director David Rottblatt, Embraer X also began conversations with more than five Asia-Pacific regulators, starting with Singapore, late last year to better understand the UAM environment and expectations of the region.