Volocopter: Flying Taxis Will Be Here Soon

Volocopter: Flying Taxis Will Be Here Soon

How about getting into a flying taxi and skipping the heavy congestion from home to work? Flying taxis would be a reality by 2020, as German Volocopter says.

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Ever dreamed of being able to fly anytime and anywhere? How about getting into a flying taxi and skipping the heavy congestion from home to work? Flying taxis would be a reality by 2020, according to the Germany-based company Volocopter.

“We think that in two or three years we’ll have the first commercial applications somewhere in the world with our service“, said co-founder and CIO Alex Zosel, who spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, adding that the first service will tackle a particular mobility issue like a traffic blackspot.

In September 2017, Volocopter announced the successful completion of the first-ever public flight of an autonomous urban air taxi. The flight was performed at 6 pm local time in Dubai during a demonstration event for his Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. As the company wrote, the vehicle flew a 500 meters long route in 8 minutes, reaching a height of up to 60 meters.

Speaking on the panel, Zosel expressed a belief that the first commercial application of their service will be a point to point solution over a bottleneck somewhere where there are congestions or a river, for example.

“And then you have some aircrafts — like 10 or 20 aircrafts — flying point to point and shuttling people… This will come really fast.”, as he added.

Volocopter`s competitor Lilium is also planning to introduce a similar service soon. The company is launching the world`s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet or an air taxi for up to 5 people. Lilium promises that their air taxis could reduce a one-hour commute from home to work down to 15 minutes at the cost of a train fare. However, they could not say when the service would be available commercially, as one of the investors Yann de Vries of Atomico reportedly commented.

Watch the discussion between Yann de Vries and Alex Zosel here.

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