Ever wonder what the “use-by date” is for bridges in your city. In the U.S. alone there are over 68,000 bridges classified as “structurally deficient.” The American Society of Civil Engineers in their latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave a “D+” to U.S. road and aviation infrastructure.
That may explain why 42% of America’s major urban highways remain congested, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. And pollution wasn’t even factored into the equation.
How much capital would be needed to significantly improve U.S. road conditions? About $170 billion, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
And what about aviation congestion? The FAA anticipates that the cost of congestion and delays to the U.S. economy will rise from $34 billion in 2020 to $63 billion by 2040.
That’s a lot of “b’s” flying around.
All major cities have the same problem – traffic congestion of roads and airports as well as deterioration of those byways. High population density doesn’t mix well with the desire to travel quickly and conveniently. As a result, we’ve witnessed an insidious cycle whereby wider roads encourage more traffic, which demands more roads…and so on. A similar pattern is happening at airports with larger hubs and more runways as congestion increases.
So how does the Vision VTOL solve these problems?
Recognizing the fundamental technologies to enable this technology already exist today, the Vision VTOL is not a distant fantasy but rather a solution in the making. As a people and package mover, the aircraft will allow us to quickly transition away from our hundred year-old road system by progressively reducing the need for more roads, rail, runways and larger airports.
Beyond the highly attractive advantages of a personal recreational vehicle taking to the sky, the commercial applications are endless. (For starters, how about using the Vision VTOL to survey deteriorating infrastructure?) Small cargo transport will benefit, such as Amazon, Google and Walmart’s package delivery service, thus decreasing truck traffic. So too will benefits be realized in the construction, real estate, agriculture, utility and wildlife management industries with their inspection, surveying, monitoring and mapping needs. And disaster response and emergency equipment delivery will be fined tuned beyond simple drone use.COLLABORATE ON THE VTOL PROJECT
With the Vision VTOL designed for 1 to 5 seat configurations, the amount of traffic removed from our congested roadways will be significant. And with GPS and autopilot guidance systems already refined by the quadcopter industry and the burgeoning autonomous car market, the Vision with the same technology, provides not just less congested travel but safe and reliable travel.