Joby Aviation‘s patented aerial vehicle enables vertical takeoff and horizontal flight using wing-mounted thrust elements. Electric motors and deployment mechanisms allow for seamless transition from vertical to horizontal flight. 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 February 2024 was 41%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Aerial vehicle for vertical take-off and horizontal flight

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

The granted patent (Publication Number: US11919652B2) discloses an aerial vehicle designed for vertical take-off and horizontal flight. The vehicle includes a main body, multiple electric motors, and electric power sources connected to the motors. It features right and left side wings with rotor assemblies that can be deployed from a horizontal flight to a vertical take-off configuration using deployment mechanisms.

The patent claims also detail the positioning of the rotor assemblies, the spin axis, and the propellers on the wings, emphasizing the forward-swept design of the wings. Additionally, the patent specifies the use of batteries as the electric power source for the aerial vehicle. The extendable linkage assembly for the rotor assemblies includes multi-arm linkages for efficient deployment and operation. Overall, the patent highlights a unique design for an aerial vehicle capable of versatile flight modes and efficient power management.

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