Bosch develops sensor unit for air taxis

May 21, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Bosch develops sensor unit for air taxis
Drawing on its experience with MEMS sensors for automated driving functions, Bosch has developed a sensor unit for use in a rather fledgling market: Urban electric air taxis.

Experts predict strong growth for the market for electric air taxis: observers expect 3.000 such aircraft worldwide in 2025; by 2050 their number will rise to around 100.000 units. The management consultancy Morgan Stanley estimates the market volume for air taxis for the year 2040 at 1.5 trillion US dollars. Already now, Bosch is bringing a sensor box for controlling these aircraft onto the market, based on MEMS sensors from the automotive industry that are manufactured in mass production.

In order for air taxis to remain affordable to use, it must also be possible to develop and build the aircraft themselves cost-effectively. Conventional avionics electronics, such as those used in airliners and fighter jets, are too expensive - and also too large and heavy. This is where Bosch sees its opportunity to help shape the future market of suppliers for air taxis. The company wants to contribute its experience from the automotive industry. Bosch has assembled a sensor box for a flight attitude universal control unit from commercially available MEMS sensors, such as those used for automated driving or for Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

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