Israeli startup NFT Inc. is developing its own autonomous electric flying car named ASKA. The vehicle is designed to address inner city road traffic congestion, and will be available for private purchase. NFT announced in early 2020 that it planned to begin test flights by Q1 2020, but no public news has been released regarding flight tests of the ASKA prototype. NFT has signed a five-year Space Act Agreement to participate in NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Campaign, jointly organized with the FAA.
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL, Roadable
Range: 350 miles
Top Speed: 150 mph
Propeller Configuration: 14 ducted fans with folding wings
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 1 Pilot + 1 Passenger
Autonomy Level: Autonomous
Our Take on ASKA
Next Future Transportation is pursuing a class of eVTOL suited for personal use, and has been able to incorporate a myriad of features. While it is not yet definitive that the door-to-door solution is applicable to the widest market of potential consumers, it is a likely transportation solution for the segment of wealthy individuals in need of a personal vehicle. Guy and Maki Kaplinsky have extensive experience in serial entrepreneurship and strong market aptitude, which will help get consumers behind the wheel and get ASKA in the skies. The upcoming flight testing phase of the ASKA will play an important role in validating the various claimed mission capabilities and features. Further, the company's affiliation with NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Campaign and Silicon Valley location keep its brand amongst good company. Notably, the ASKA is one of the few vehicles falling into the category of 'Roadable VTOLs', meaning it can both drive on the road and fly with vertical take-off and landing.