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About the Aircraft

Aircraft Type

Piloted, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi

Energy Source

All-electric, zero emissions

Capacity

Four passengers and a pilot

Sound

The aircraft is 100 times quieter than conventional aircraft during takeoff and landing, and near-silent when flying over.

Performance

The aircraft is capable of speeds of 200 mph, and it can fly over 150 miles on a single charge.

Cost

The aircraft will be operated as a service with per-trip passenger pricing. Over time, that price should approach that of ground transportation.

Safety

High levels of redundancy have been designed in from the start to provide exceptionally safe operation.

FAQ

  1. Who is Joby Aviation?
    • Joby Aviation is an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing piloted all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to enable the deployment of fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi services.

  2. Who are your investors?
    • Joby Aviation, the company that pioneered the electric air taxi, has raised $590 million in Series C funding, led by Toyota Motor Corporation. Prior investors, including SPARX Group, Intel Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, JetBlue Technology Ventures, 8VC, Toyota AI Ventures, and AME Cloud Ventures, also contributed to the round, and were joined by new investors Baillie Gifford and Jameel Investment Management Company (JIMCO), the investment arm of Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ). Joby Aviation’s total funding is $720 million.

  3. When will the public be able to ride in an air taxi?
    • We are targeting deployment by 2023.

  4. How much is it to buy a Joby aircraft?
    • The aircraft will be part of an on-demand commercial aviation service similar to rideshare and will not be available for individual sale.

  5. Is this mode of transportation safe?
    • Through configuration optimization and system redundancy, we've designed an aircraft with safety in mind every step of the way.
      • The aircraft has six propellers, but can fly with fewer.
      • We've designed the aircraft to take off and land vertically like a helicopter, but it can also perform conventional landings like an airplane.
      • If there's an issue at the primary landing site, we've provided ample reserve capacity in the batteries to divert the aircraft to a nearby landing site, fly around until that site clears, and then still perform a normal vertical landing.
    • Testing: Before we launch our air taxi service, the aircraft will be tested rigorously to the airworthiness certification standards set by the FAA.
    • Certification: In addition to the aircraft design, Joby Aviation's manufacturing and commercial operations will also be certified to the standards set by the FAA and similar regulatory bodies.

  6. What is your collaboration with Toyota?
    • Toyota will share expertise in manufacturing, quality, and cost controls to support the development and production of our breakthrough electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
    • Toyota will invest $394 million as lead investor in Joby's Series C financing.
    • Shigeki Tomoyama, the Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation, will join Joby Aviation's board of directors.
    • We expect to share more details about the relationship throughout 2020.

  7. What is the status of the regulatory process for bringing air taxis to market?
    • Joby has been working with the FAA for several years and began a formal certification program in 2018. The design certification process assures the safety of the design and typically takes 3-5 years.
    • Joby plans to establish a Part 135 commercial aircraft operation with the FAA to assure that once the design is certified, commercial operations can begin promptly afterwards.
    • Joby continues to evaluate key markets around the world and will pursue certification from the relevant regulatory authorities as required. Joby is in discussion with a number of international regulators regarding the commercial operation of its aircraft.
    • Joby will establish commercial aircraft operations in each country of operation and the best practices from each of these markets will be used to inform the overall safety of Joby’s aircraft operations around the world.

  8. Why does the world need air taxis?
    • Millions of hours are wasted every day stuck in traffic. Not only will air taxis be faster and cleaner, but when deployed at scale, they can be just as easy and affordable as surface transportation.
    • If you remove the barriers between you and where you want to be, you can unlock incredible potential. Daily electric air transportation will reduce traffic, reclaim lost time, and accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation. It can dramatically change how we connect people with the places they live, work, and play.

  9. What is your partnership with Uber?
    • Joby Aviation and Uber have signed a multi-year commercial partnership to jointly launch a fast, clean, and affordable urban air taxi service targeted for 2023 in select geographies.
    • Joby Aviation and Uber are actively discussing the select geographies in which the two companies will partner.
    • Outside of these select geographies, Joby Aviation expects to launch air taxi operations through either (1) its own rideshare service, or (2) in partnership with Uber and/ or other rideshare companies.
    • Joby Aviation will supply and operate the air taxis, while Uber will provide ground transportation, airspace management, skyport infrastructure, and customer interfaces through its aerial rideshare network.
    • With this agreement, Joby Aviation becomes the first partner in Uber’s Elevate initiative with a committed timetable to deploy air taxi services.