Understanding the Different Types of Autonomous Vehicles
With the emergence of drones, quadcopters, hybrid and electric aircraft and more flying technical solutions comes the need to discover how the world can benefit from these innovations. But before we dive into their unique purposes, we have to understand their capabilities and what they are. How do they fly? What technology do they utilize? Jim Ryan, Sr. Sales and Strategy Manager from Advanced Vertical Lift Systems breaks down the different types of vehicles and which category Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) falls into.
Need more clarification? We’ve highlighted few basic aviation terms below to help you navigate this new, innovative world. Take a look:
Quadcopter: An unmanned helicopter with four rotors
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system; which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two
Drones: A remote-controlled pilotless aircraft or small flying device
Hybrid aircraft: An aircraft with a hybrid electric powertrain, as the energy density of lithium-ion batteries is much lower than aviation fuel, it effectively increases the range compared to pure electric aircraft
Electric aircraft: Aircraft powered by electric motors, such as batteries, ground power cables, solar cells, ultracapacitors, fuel cells or power beaming
Tail-sitter: A tail-sitter or tailsitter is a type of VTOL aircraft that takes off and lands on its tail, then tilts horizontally for forward flight
As technology offers more innovations and terms to learn, we can’t wait to highlight more about our dynamic vehicles and share how they’ll fit into this new age of unmanned technology.
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