According to a forecast by the Boston Consulting Group, in 2030, billions of flights will be made around the world using flying taxis, most of which will be able to operate without a pilot. In this sense, Bosch is working on state-of-the-art sensor-based technology to make these flights particularly safe, comfortable and efficient.
Harald Kröger, president of the Bosch Automotive Electronics division, says that "the first flying cabs should fly over the skies of major cities from 2023 onwards," the company's goal is to take a leading role in shaping this market. To do this, Bosch is investing in modern sensors, which are also used for autonomous driving or in the ESP anti-skid system.
The German technology believes that this solution has the potential to supply what it considers to be a gap in conventional aerospace technology – to be too expensive, bulky and heavy to be used in autonomous flying cabs. As such, a team of engineers assembled dozens of sensors to create a universal control unit for flying taxis.
In a statement, Bosch explains that by using sensors "already in use on production vehicles, the universal control unit is designed to ensure the ability to determine the position of the flying taxis in an instantaneous and constant way, allowing its control with precision and safety. The acceleration and rate-of-turn sensors, which measure the movements of flying vehicles and the angle of attack, are examples of sensors that allow you to collect and analyze the data needed to make that happen. "
The company believes that "unlike today's aerospace industry-standard sensor systems, which cost tens of thousands of euros," it will be able to develop its solution for a fraction of that cost, since it uses sensors tested in production that are used in the industry for many years.
Marcus Parentis, head of Bosch technology team responsible for the control units incorporated in this vehicle, believes that through this solution it will be possible "to make civil aviation with flying taxis accessible to a wide range of suppliers." Marcus Parentis adds that the company is in talks "with manufacturers in the aerospace industry, involved in the development of air taxis, as well as with automotive companies that are starting to manufacture air vehicles and also believe in sharing services," concluding that "the question is not whether flying taxis will come true, but when."