Novel Drone Concept and Designs from General Motors and Fly-R

2021 is off to an exciting start with novel drone concept and designs from two companies well-established in their respective fields: General Motors, and Fly-R.

First, there is Cadillac maker, General Motors, which unveiled its futuristic concept for a drone at the 2021 CES.

GM revealed Tuesday a Cadillac-branded electric vertical takeoff and landing drone concept that is designed — if it’s ever built — to let owners cruise the skies in isolated luxury. The single-seat eVTOL, which was showcased alongside an autonomous vehicle during GM’s keynote presentation at the virtual 2021 CES tech trade show, is the automaker’s first foray into aerial mobility. – Read more.

Another report describes the Cadillac eVTOL as a flying taxi made for quick commutes between landing-zones. Running on a 90kWh motor that powers 4 propellers, the eVTOL seats one person […] and transports them autonomously while simultaneously juggling air-to-air and air-to-ground communication. – Read more.

This fantastic drone concept will exemplify the company’s “halo portfolio,” according to Engadget, and just a design exercise, and it’s unclear whether GM actually intends to pursue a commercialized version, says a The Verge article.

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Fly-R, a French company maker of UAVs has come up with its latest drone designs with a new configuration. FLY-R SAS unveiled its new corporate image, logo and website. The presentation includes several new FLY-R projects such as the R2-HSTD. The aerodynamics formula of the rhomboidal wing is a technology breakthrough and was largely proven by FLY-R on its R2-150 and R2-240 UAVs. It has now been extended to new models of UAVs up to 6m wingspan. – Read more.

The rhomboidal wing design is said to have distinct advantages, according to this report. […] a rhomboidal wing has an open-center diamond shape when viewed from above. In many cases, this is formed from a front pair of wings set low on the aircraft, along with a rear pair of wings set higher up. The front wings are swept back while the rear wings are swept forward and angled downward, so they join the front wings at the tips – it’s almost like a biplane, in which the ends of the upper and lower wings have been pinched together. A traditional tail isn’t required.

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