To find a new niche market, start-up Jump Aero hopes to use electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to quickly transport first responders to emergency locations at speeds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h). The company’s goal is not only to quickly transport first responders, but also to allow them to land on suburban roads.
Although the propulsion of electric aircraft is still in its infancy, many companies are already competing for market share. While some people focus on package delivery, others want short-haul passenger or city air taxi services.
To cut emergency response times in half, Jump Aero wanted to use small electric vertical take-offs and landings so that their limited distances would not be a problem. Led by founders Carl Dietrich and Terrafugia, Still Water Design and Community Air Mobility Initiative, the company is still in the early stages of fundraising and hiring, so details are scarce.
“We intend to bring first responders to the emergency site as quickly and safely as soon as technology allows,” Dietrich said. We are pleased to work with the local community and first aid organizations to help our heroes save lives. “