California-based Archer, a company designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), debuted its Maker aircraft both live in Los Angeles and streamed to a global audience.. The COVID-safe in-person event was held at the Hawthorne Hangar Operations and utilized industry leading XR technology to take audiences on a virtual ride on Maker.
Maker has a 60 mile range, can cruise at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and will be inaudible when flying overhead. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Air Taxis: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft 2021-2041.
In order to create a unique and completely immersive experience, Archer utilized movie production technology to bring its aircraft to life, an eVTOL industry first. The company built a 2,400 sq ft XR volume space that simulated a commercial flight and demonstrated how Archer will shape the next era of travel by transforming how people approach everyday life, work, and adventure. By creating a mass shared simulation using the film industry's most cutting edge technology, attendees were able to virtually ride Archer's aircraft.
"Maker's unveil has been years in the making and marks a pivotal juncture for the eVTOL industry and future of transportation," said Brett Adcock, co-founder and co-CEO of Archer.
Adam Goldstein, co-founder and co-CEO of Archer added "We're excited to continue reaching new milestones and introducing our largest cities to the next generation of safe, sustainable travel."
With backing from the United Airlines commercial order and the recently announced merger with Atlas Crest Investment Corporation, the company is valued at $3.8 billion, Archer is in an excellent financial position to continue on its accelerated timeline toward commercial launch in 2024.
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