The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is known to be the most influential tech event in the world. This year, the event will be held from January 5th-8th in Las Vegas, Nevada and will highlight the latest transformative technologies, including vehicle technology, artificial intelligence, digital health and smart home tech, as well as new categories: NFTs, food tech, space tech and a sea of people trying to see it all.

One advancement in vehicle technology that will be showcased at CES 2023 is the four-seater ASKA electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL). The “flying car” can drive on the road like a car or fly like an aircraft with capability for VTOL as well as short takeoff and landing (STOL). Its aerodynamic design is said to provide a great, safe, and efficient driving experience on the road and air. the vehicle is equipped with electric motors powering a flight range of up to 250 miles – an extender will also be available. Another feature includes an all-electric architecture which ensures future models can convert the range extenders to any other energy source including hydrogen.

Above: A prototype of the ASKA on display at CES 2023

ASKA’s development and flight testing is currently being conducted in accordance with FAA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines for certification. ASKA has also already signed a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA to advance their participation in NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign (AAM), jointly organized with the FAA. ASKA is targeted for commercialization in 2026 subject to certification, and hopes to obtain highway certification with a speed of 70 mph while in drive mode. However, the first deliveries may be limited to local roads.

Why it’s important: CES is the premier stage on which a company can showcase the progress it has made on its latest innovations. The ASKA Drive and Fly vehicle is currently available for preorder to the general public; by witnessing the prototype on display at CES, this could cause an influx in orders as consumers realize the feasibility of the technology and trust in the company’s near-term ability to manufacture and sell the product.

Posted by Naish Gaubatz