Joby Aviation. has filed a patent for a system to ensure even weight distribution in Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. By dynamically assigning payloads and adjusting components, the system aims to enhance safety, increase transportation efficiency, and improve service availability for potential riders in cities and metropolitan areas. GlobalData’s report on Joby Aviation gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Joby Aviation, Photovoltaic drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. Joby Aviation's grant share as of January 2024 was 41%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Dynamic payload assignment for even weight distribution in vtol aircraft

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Joby Aviation Inc

The filed patent (Publication Number: US20240034461A1) describes a computer-implemented method for managing the loading of payloads onto vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The method involves accessing a transport request for a payload associated with an individual, estimating the weight of the payload, assigning the payload to a specific VTOL aircraft based on weight distribution criteria, and loading the payload onto the designated aircraft. The method also includes updating the weight estimate, adjusting the payload's designated location within the aircraft, and potentially reassigning the payload to a different seat or aircraft based on the updated weight estimate.

Furthermore, the patent includes claims for a computing system and a computer-readable medium configured to store instructions for executing the described operations. The system and medium enable the efficient management of payload loading onto VTOL aircraft by accessing transport requests, estimating payload weights, computing assignments based on weight distribution criteria, and facilitating the loading process. The technology outlined in the patent aims to optimize the loading process for VTOL aircraft, ensuring efficient weight distribution and passenger comfort while adhering to safety regulations and operational requirements.

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