09 Jan '18, 8pm

CES 2018: Intel's CEO Becomes First Passenger in an Air Taxi

Brian Krzanich, the chief executive of Intel, became the first official passenger to ride in an air taxi when an 18-prop copter from Intel’s partner, the German company Volocopter, lofted him within the confines of a hangar near Munich. Krzanich showed off the video in his keynote yesterday at CES, which is fast becoming the world’s premier showcase for transportation technology. Being the senior partner may have given Intel’s CEO a certain droit de seigneur , but you can bet that he was preceded—unofficially—by some anonymous engineer. And the risk he took hardly defines the right stuff : a ground-based pilot controlled the craft remotely, making small and gingerly maneuvers, in a safe space unruffled by wind. But this baby step is still the first step of its kind, and one more step on the way toward the company’s stated goal of providing autonomous personal flight to the...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/aerospace/aviat...

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