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Brazilian EmbraerX enters autonomous cargo transportation market

The subsidiary of aircraft maker Embraer struck a deal with the American Elroy Air. The announcement was made at CES 2020

Chaparral autonomous system of cargo transportation by Elroy Air.
Chaparral autonomous system of cargo transportation by Elroy Air. Photo: Elroy Air/ YouTube
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  • EmbraerX’s main interest is in the Elroy Air Chaparral system, capable of delivering cargo (250-500 lbs) over distances up to 300 miles;
  • In addition to cargo transportation, EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an Urban Air Mobility focused eVTOL, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, to streamline services.

EmbraerX, a subsidiary for disruptive business of Brazilian Embraer, announced on Wednesday (8) its entry in the air cargo market via a collaboration agreement with Elroy Air. The announcement was made at CES 2020, in Las Vegas.

According to the company statement, this collaboration will allow companies to accelerate the development of the unmanned air cargo market worldwide, combining Embraer’s 50 years of experience in the aviation industry with Elroy Air’s innovative development in autonomous aircraft systems.

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“In order to stay the course of creating solutions that benefit humanity at large, we believe the cargo market is prime for an autonomous aircraft,” Antonio Campello, president and CEO of EmbraerX, said in the statement.

He explained that the booming of e-commerce “is forcing the cargo market to grow and seek new solutions, creating a distinct need for more flexibility.” EmbraerX’s main interest is in the Elroy Air Chaparral system, capable of delivering cargo (250-500 lbs) over distances up to 300 miles.

“Elroy Air’s Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) cargo delivery aircraft, the Chaparral, will operate without airports or charging stations, and is optimized for freight with automated cargo loading and unloading. Our collaboration with EmbraerX will accelerate our path to deployment in commercial freight markets, ”said Dave Merrill, CEO of Elroy Air, in the statement.

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In contrast, Elroy’s main interest is in the Brazilian subsidiary goes beyond industrial knowledge, but also encompasses the company’s role in associated services and air traffic management solutions.

In addition to cargo transportation, EmbraerX is engaged in several projects, including the development of an Urban Air Mobility focused eVTOL, a tailored Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) system and a fleet-agnostic business platform, designated Beacon, to streamline services.