In the pursuit of solving over-reliance on road-based transportation, amidst the backdrop of rapidly urbanizing cities, an innovative project by Joowon Lee, a recent graduate from Hongik University in Seoul, presents a breakthrough alternative—Linker eVTOL. This 4-6 seater electric vehicle take-off and landing (eVTOL) machine aims to redefine how city-dwellers commute. With an approach of decentralizing terrestrial transport, this eVTOL offers a revolutionary solution by taking the movement to the sky. With its modern engineering marvels, the Linker is not just a flying car, but an intelligently designed public transporation system aiming to accommodate a mass audience by alleviating the congestion on our roads.
Linker's design signifies both function and form. The eVTOL possesses a spacious central cabin encased by two large wings, each comprising three adjustable propellers. These propellers are designed to face upwards during take-off and landing, but they rotate to front-facing as the vehicle takes flight—enabling seamless transition from a helicopter to an airplane travel mode. The cabin’s design ensures a snug ride for its passengers, with large windows presenting a panoramic view of the city below and an exclusive storage area for luggage and cargo, making Linker not just a commuter vehicle, but a sufficient answer to more comprehensive transport needs.
One of the Linker's most significant features is its flexible seating arrangements and its ability to take off and land on building terraces, exploiting the urban vertical spaces to the fullest. Depending on the need, it can seat four passengers in a traditional car-like setup or six passengers arranged in an ellipse. This unique feature presents a cost-effective public option reminiscent of a bus service, while the former implies a more luxurious experience. As cities continue to evolve and roads get overwhelmed, Linker's futuristic design and multipurpose features may pave the way for an efficient, sustainable, and exciting mode of urban mobility.
📷: JOOWON LEE