Traffic problems are increasing day by day across the globe as a result of increasing urbanization, particularly in “megacities” – urban centres with upwards of ten million inhabitants. The situation is even worse in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi.
Flying taxis could become a reality. Airbus has announced ambitious plans to test prototype flying taxis before the end of the year, ahead of a wider rollout in 2021. The aerospace company is working on a Project Vahana, an autonomous, single passenger taxi capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The company believes they will ease congestion on roads, and help the public save time and money. Airbus envisages a future in which people are able to book flying taxis through an app, in a similar manner to Uber.
Transport service providers are one target group for such vehicles. The system could operate similarly to car-sharing applications, with the use of smartphones to book a vehicle. The industry expects such technologies to hit a price/performance point which would make autonomous passenger transport technically possible and economically viable. This is a highly attractive opportunity. A network of flying taxis might sound like science fiction, but experts at Airbus believe that the vision is already taking shape.
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