• A Prize Which Will Change Personal Transportation Forever

    We don't need to spend Billions in Creating and Upgrading Highways Infrastructure.

    Every great idea and innovation always seems impossible at first. And every success story begins with an impossible dream.

    I’m confident that if you think about your own life and business–your purpose, your vision, your desire and your destiny–you’ve probably conceived of ideas that seemed unattainable and impossible for you to achieve. Conversely, you’ve most likely have thought something was impossible for you only to discover it wasn’t. I know I have. This book is living proof.

    You don’t have to look far into human history know this is true. Every human advancement throughout the ages has begun with an impossible idea. In every field of human endeavor, something is believed to be impossible, and then it becomes an accomplished fact. From sailing around the world, landing men on the moon, transplanting human organs, curing disease, traveling beyond our solar system to watching a video on your smart phone, all of these were once thought impossible.


    To solve humanity's most challenging problems. The first one - safe, efficient and reliable urban transport.


    Venture to a place very few have ever gone.

    Build an autonomous aerial vehicle with the following features:

    1. Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL)

    2. Have fail-safe capabilities

    3. Capable of auto-pilot

    4. Fly the shortest route from point A to B and return

    5. Carry two passengers and two suitcases with combined weight of 220 kg

    6. Cruising Speed of at least 120 km/h

    7. Flying distance of at least 100 km

    8. Flying time of at least 2 hours

    9. Cruising altitude of at least 1000 feet

    10. Air-conditioned

    11. All-weather and day-night flying capability

    12. Must be capable of mass-production

  • Process


    Detailed Problem Statement Launched

    August 15, 2017

    The detailed problem statement is released. Teams now have 60 days to submit their detailed plans.

    Submission of Plans

    October 15, 2017

    The teams must submit their plans including detailed schematic drawings, approach to designing the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) and components required.

    First Shortlist

    November 1, 2017

    The top 30 teams are notified to proceed to start building the prototype of their proposed AAV.

    Flying Prototype Display

    June 1, 2018

    The teams have to demonstrate the air-worthiness of their prototypes. Those teams with ZERO defects proceed to the next stage.

    Fail-Safe Systems In-Flight Display

    October 1, 2018

    The teams that make it to this stage have to demonstrate how their fail-safe systems deal with potentially catastrophic failures of the AAV.

    Extensive 1,000 Hour Testing

    March 1, 2019

    The teams that are left in the competition at this stage must have completed at least 1000 hours of ZERO defect flying. The more hours of ZERO defect flight testing that the teams have managed will give those teams an edge over those that have fewer flying hours.

    The Winners!

    May 1, 2019

    The top three winning teams are announced and the India Innovation Prize of Rs. 100 million is given to them. The first place team gets Rs. 60 million, the second place team gets Rs. 30 million and the third place team gets Rs. 10 million. The IIP board works to get funding for the winning team along with providing it with mentoring and go-to-market strategies that can ensure that the winning product can move towards mass adoption, not just in India but around the world.

  • FAQ

    Safe, reliable, and unique.


    Rigorously Tested

    We spare no expense to make sure everything runs smoothly.

    Q1. Is there a restriction on who can take part in the competition?

    A1. No restriction. Anyone can take part in the competition. We are looking for teams or individuals that have innovative and cost-competitive designs to make the AAV.

    Q2. What do you mean by fail-safe technologies?

    A2. In case of any failure of systems or equipment on-board, or any external problem, the vehicle must be able to land safely ensuring structural integrity and safety of the passengers on-board.

    Q3. Can the passengers of the AAV take over control of the vehicle?

    A3. No, the passengers cannot take over controls of the vehicle; think the unmanned metro systems of Dubai or other countries.

    Q4. My team did not get selected for the next round of the competition, can i still take part?

    A4. If you have a skill set that another is looking for, we would be glad for you to join another team. We plan to act as a platform to help teams resolve their issue and also to cooperate with each other.

    Q5. How will IIP help the winning team take its product to market?

    A5. Once the winners have been determined, we will invite VCs, strategic partners to evaluate if they would like to invest in the winning team. In addition, we will also help connect the team to regulators and overseas governments who are already evaluating the feasibility of urban transport systems that include drones and AAVs.

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