Taxis, Uber, Lyft, and services alike better watch out because a new and innovative creation is set to arrive in as fast as four years! What might this be? Well, it appears that "air taxis" are about to be a thing.
According to DailyMail, electrically powered taxis that can fly at nearly 200 mph could soon pick up passengers in as soon as four years. This “flying taxi” will be able to operate in a city environment all while servicing passengers on short-haul trips from one location to another. This fine piece of machinery will be able to transport multiple passengers at once using a piloted aircraft, all while doing so at a rate much faster than your ordinary taxi or Uber ride.
A Bristol-based flying company named Vertical Aerospace are undergoing the production of this genius invention, and has hired 28 veteran aerospace and technical experts from companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and General Electric, to bring this idea to life! The founder, Stephen Fitzpatrick, offered up his race track venue for lessons on building the aircraft, which has been labeled as a Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft or eVTOL for short.
The ‘air taxi’ will come in a variety of models, one of which will be a battery-powered aircraft with a range of 93 miles and a top speed of 186 mph, while another more powerful model will be able to transport passengers 500 miles. The durability and travel capabilities of this machine means it can eventually travel from Europe and back, which according to DailyMail can “easily take passengers to Paris and back”.
The aerospace company was given flight permission by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, allowing it to undergo its first test flight this past summer in its single-passenger aircraft at an airport in Gloucestershire, England. The aircraft, which is shaped as a pod, will be able to pick up passengers from their homes or place of business, rather than having to travel far distances by public transit or traditional airplanes.
The company will require a form of air certification in order to operate, however, as soon as it is cleared, their service is set to become available to the public by 2022. This is incredible news, especially for those who are looking for a faster alternative to travel whether overseas or local.
Let us know if you’d hop into one of these “air taxis” or if sticking to the road is more your thing.