Reinhardt Technology Research, a London tech firm that develops effective solutions for energy and goods networks, has announced it will embark on a roadshow across 17 countries in Africa in its hybrid electric aircraft, the TU 523.
The purpose of the roadshow, which will kickoff in 2017, is to raise awareness of the need for alternative transportation of goods and energy across the globe.
The TU 523, which is still a prototype, is designed to take off and land vertically. The software to make this possible has been developed and is being tested on small quadcopter prototypes.
The TU 523 is expected to operate faster and at lower costs than conventional trucks, which will make it very useful, particularly in Africa (and by extension other not-so-developed countries) where the transportation infrastructure are in shambles.
“The market of the new aircraft was originally predicted to be developing countries due to their lack of infrastructure, but we hope for the research and development to be able to continue in the western world as well, as they will benefit from the aircraft equivalently due to the rapid growth in demand for transportation,” said Thorsten U. Reinhardt, Founder and CEO of Reinhardt Technology Research.
At the moment, the company is seeking funding in order to continue research and development of the prototype.
“In order to facilitate our vision for the future, we are
looking for partners and investors who may share the same sentiment toward creating new economies and opportunities, especially those that help developing countries overcome their challenges,” added Thorsten.
If all goes well, the TU 523 will change the outlook of transportation (extensive and costly infrastructure may no longer be necessary) not only in Africa but across the globe.
Reinhardt Technology Research believes it can make an impact with the environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for transporting goods around the globe, without any limits or barriers.