Indonesia built a flying taxi that looks like a drone chassis with a cockpit

Indonesia built a flying taxi that looks like a drone chassis with a cockpit

Indonesian venture capital firm UMG Idealab recently showed off a high-tech product they invested in: a prototype flying electric taxi. This “speeding car” is literally called “Frogs”, and its research and development team is also called FROGS. The Yogyakarta-based startup claims to be the first company in Indonesia to produce a manned flying car.

(Translator’s Note: Since the name of the product and the founding team are the same, for the convenience of distinction, “frog” in the following text is the product, and FROGS is the founding team)

According to Jefry Pratama, a partner at UMB Idealab Venture Fund, the prototype was inspired by a quadcopter drone, and the cabin, engine and rotor are now fully assembled and ready for use. The main source of power for a flying car is the battery.

Let’s take a look at the specific parameters. According to the company’s official website, the latest Produk Frogs V2 has a top speed of 100 km/h, a flight altitude of 2,400 meters, a maximum flight time of 1 hour after charging, a maximum load of 2 people, and a maximum load of 200 kg. .

Indonesia built a flying taxi that looks like a drone chassis with a cockpit

“The only remaining work is to fine-tune the interior of the cabin, such as the seats. Once that is done, the device will be flown to Germany for the Hannover Messe April 20-24,” says Jefry.

Jefry revealed that the overall structure of the “frog” is made of strong but light carbon fiber, with a high safety factor. In addition, this prototype has other features, such as a fail-safe mechanism: when one of the engines fails in mid-air, the engine inside the engine can take over the other engine, so as not to let the flying car fall.

It is reported that every part of the prototype has passed the test and met the safety requirements. At the same time, the multiple test flights of the “Flying Car” have also been carried out smoothly, and the internal systems are running smoothly, safely and stably.

“Frog” was developed two years ago, and the total investment has reached 1 billion rupiah (about 73,000 US dollars). The founding team, FROGS, was originally just a technology product studio. Later, they were spotted by UMB Idealab and joined the ecosystem of the venture capital company to become a start-up company. However, according to the introduction on the official website, the company has less than ten people and its founder is Rakhman Ardiansyah.

According to the team’s official website, the original intention of “frog” is to help customers get rid of the trouble of traffic congestion and deliver goods efficiently. But according to UMB Idealab’s vision, after being put into commercial operation, frog can also help people transport various materials, including military equipment, from remote areas to all parts of the country. Not only that, this flying taxi can also assist relevant agencies in emergency evacuation during disasters.

“We hope that this device will be put into commercial operation as soon as possible – of course, this depends on the attitude of the regulators, as far as I know, Indonesia has not issued any regulations and policies regulating flying electric taxis.” Jefry said.

With the efforts of the Ministry of Industry, Indonesia has become one of the official partners of Hannover Messe. In addition to “Frog”, many venture capital and incubator institutions such as UMG Idealab will also showcase their investment results in the field of technology applications over the past five years at the expo.

“As a partner at the national level of this conference, Indonesia’s main goal is to have in-depth cooperation with other countries in investment, technology, human resources, etc.” Doddy Rahadi, Head of Regional Development and International Industry Access, Ministry of Industry, India stated in a written statement.

According to Doddy, this year’s expo will attract tens of thousands of visitors from dozens of countries. In 2019, the event attracted approximately 65,000 visitors from 73 countries, and nearly 5.6 million business orders were signed during the conference.

In addition to “Frog”, another start-up product from Indonesia is Widya, which will showcase Indonesia’s new technological achievements in big data, smart speakers, robotics, face recognition and artificial intelligence. In addition, a natural language processing technology (NLP) called Botika will also be unveiled at the exhibition.

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