Imagine this: You’re running late for school, your car is at the mechanic, and the distance is too far to cover on a bicycle. So, what do you do? You open an app, and before you know it, you’re a passenger in a flying taxi!
These innovative vehicles, also referred to as eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing), offer a unique blend of drone and helicopter technology. They are perfectly designed for navigating bustling cityscapes. What sets them apart is their complete reliance on batteries, making them not only environmentally friendly but also remarkably quiet. Moreover, they require only a compact launch pad for takeoff. While their current range allows them to cover approximately 35 kilometers before a recharge is needed, they might just be the solution to get you to school (if the fare fits your budget).
In June, a German-based company called Volocopter unveiled its 2-seater VoloCity taxi, which took to the skies for test flights in the Saudi Arabian desert. The company has ambitious plans to utilize these electric air taxis for ferrying people to and from the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Dirk Hoke, the CEO of Volocopter, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are eagerly counting down the days until electric air taxis become a tangible reality.”