6 outstanding flying taxi models in the world
After years of fiction, now flying taxis are about to get ready for real human life. Many firms around the world have tried to fly self-driving or semi-autonomous taxis, with the ability to take off vertically from anywhere. The first commercial robot taxi models are expected to go on sale next year. Here are some outstanding models that may soon take you from home to office or airport, according to Bloomberg.
This is the product of Ehang Air Mobility in China and maybe the first flying taxi on the market. Ehang 216 took off for the first time in 2014, with a range of 35 km or 25 minutes and a capacity of 2 passengers or 258 kg. It is navigated through a connection between the smartphone of the passenger and the command center of the business. The estimated price of this flying taxi is $ 300,000 next year. The rescue unit, flying taxi service, and travel flight operator may be the customers who want to buy.
Volocopter in Germany is the manufacturer of this car. It first flew in 2017, with a range of 27 km or 27 minutes and a capacity of 2 passengers or nearly 159 kg. Volocopter is supported by Daimler auto firm. With a maximum speed of nearly 100 km/h, Volocopter 2X is for short journeys such as flying to and flying in airports. The company plans to open Voloport in Singapore this year to test flight and expects commercial services to open soon in 2021.
Astro Elroy is produced by Astro Aerospace, with a range of 25 minutes and a capacity of a passenger. The first flight of this robot taxi was made in 2017. It has 16 independent propellers, small enough to fit in most garages. The US company aims to sell Elroy to both public and private customers to support travel, taxi services and even carry out military duties.
Kitty Hawk Cora
This model is produced by Kitty Hawk, a US company. It flew for the first time in 2017, with a range of nearly 100 km or 30 minutes and a capacity of two passengers or 258 kg. To date, Cora has completed more than 700 test flights, mostly in New Zealand. Kitty Hawk is supported by Google co-founder Larry Page. Thanks to 12 independent lift blades in the wings, it can fly at speeds of up to 177 km/hour. The company expects airlines and trip sharing services to use the vehicle.
Workhorse in the US is the company that launched this hybrid flying taxi. It had a range of 362 km or 2.5 hours and a capacity of two passengers and flew for the first time last year. Workhorse Surefly flies longer than competitors because of an engine that recharges the battery. It also has foldable wings, suitable for storing in a conventional car garage and costs less than $ 200,000. The first version needs a real pilot, but the company is developing the next model that can be controlled remotely in the future.
German firm Lilium made a test flight for Lilium Jet this year. It has a range of 300 km or 60 minutes and a capacity of 4-5 passengers. This flying taxi has 36 jet engines, flies like a fixed-wing aircraft and uses 90% less energy than helicopter drones. Lilium Jet can fly from New York to Boston, and the firm estimate a flight from Manhattan to New York City airport cost around $ 70 per passenger.
By: Grace White