Odisha-based startup BON V Technology’s newly developed aircraft is to be displayed in the VivaTech, which is to be held in Paris from 15th to 18th June 2022.
The developed aircraft is India’s first artificial intelligence-powered electric aircraft. BON V’s aircraft named RM001 is intended to be utilized as a dependable, safe, clean, and sustainable mode of cargo transportation in inaccessible places.
According to the developers, the aircraft is seven times less expensive than the present air transportation option and can transport up to 200kg of goods over a distance of more than 40 kilometers.
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CTO of BON V, Abinash Sahu, said, “It does not need to be operated once the destination location is entered. It automatically calculates the shortest aerial route and safe elevation to fly as per digital aerial maps. It has the world’s smallest and lightest avionic footprints.”
RM001 comes with several cutting-edge technologies that allow it to navigate during flight, avoid obstructions, and interact with ground stations and people worldwide through 4G and 5G connections.
BON V was founded in 2020 and was incubated and funded by the Indian Institute of Technology Mandi. The startup develops carbon-free aerial logistics and mobility while also advancing aeronautical technology to encourage electric aircraft.
“A week ago, we got a call from the Embassy of India in Paris that we have been selected to present our innovation at VivaTech. Before we could understand anything, we got another call from Niti Aayog, and they asked us to take our vehicle to Paris,” said the CEO of BON V, Satyabrata Satpathy. He further added that the event was followed by a swarm of phone calls, emails, and requests for permission to send their design to Paris.
The aircraft has already reached Paris, and the team is all set to depart for the event soon.