Fancy an air taxi?
Traffic jams are inevitable. If you live in any metropolis and travel at least once a day, you know what we’re talking about. But what about air taxis? Fancy one?
German start-up Volocopter, which made the world’s first manned, fully electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in 2011, has just announced plans for a new version. The VoloCity is designed as an urban flying taxi and will carry two people over a range of 35km at 110kph between specially built Voloports.
The drone-like air taxi resembles a small helicopter with 18 battery-powered rotors. Users will be able to summon one to their nearest hub using a smartphone app.
The 5G capability would allow Volocopter to understand round corners, avoid obstacles and download flight data to enhance performance and safety.
And don’t worry, it’s safe. A demonstration flight at Helsinki airport proved it could safely operate under conventional air traffic control.
The trials were also conducted in Dubai and Singapore.