A young Filipino inventor has found a way to rise above his country’s crippling traffic congestion — a drone-style flying car.
Kyxz Mendoza from Quezon City has been working on his prototype for six years. In a YouTube video posted yesterday (Sunday, September 2) he filmed himself flying his ‘Compact Electric Vtol sports flyer’ around a field as his friends look on.
He says his innovative vehicle is capable of flying a 100kg payload (or pilot) for 15 minutes per charge.
Kyxz is now looking to put his flying car into mass production and also has plans for a two-seater version.
He said the recent bad weather in the Philippines had delayed the unveiling of his prototype until now. “But after two months of tuning, here it is,” he said. “I hope everyone will give this vehicle a positive reaction. This was only a dream for us five years ago.”
The aircraft has a metal frame with an ultra-light carbon fibre shell. It is powered by batteries which charge in two-and-a-half hours to provide up to a quarter of an hour of fly time.
From hover-board to flying car
The inventor said his earliest designs were hover-board style designs that he stood on and steered by remote control before the concept evolved into its current form.
Kyxz is the lead inventor of Koncepto Millenya, a group of young enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. They are now looking for buyers and investors for the development and distribution of his vehicle.
He added: “It’s a flying car type of vehicle that uses drone technology or multi-copter technology to fly. It’s like a drone car.
“I wanted it to be a sports car, a flying Lamborghini, maybe. The design was a trial and error process. Some materials burned up on use. Other materials didn’t quite work.
“One of the main features is the battery redundancy system so even if one battery runs out, the aircraft can still maintain its flight.”
Last month we reported on another young Philippine inventor bringing revolutionary solutions to time-worn problems.
Maria Yzabell Angel Palma, aged 19, has developed an air conditioning unit that works on low power — and without a refrigerant.
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