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Airbus' flying taxi will take to the skies in 2018

Airbus will have its flying taxi concept in the air in 2018
By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Oct 6, 2017 5:23 am

Airbus will be taking to the skies with its new flying taxi concept, with its first flight to take place by the end of 2018, according to the company.




The first flips will be unmanned, I'm guessing for safety concerns, but there are plans for human pilots and a four-person aircraft that will fly people around in cities by 2023, before they become completely autonomous.


Airbus announced the autonomous flying taxi concept back in August 2016, with the company looking at using quad-rotor designs. Airbus is using a VTOL method (vertical take-off and landing), mixed with an electric-powered aircraft, it should fly four people around very easily through cities.


The use of a quad-rotor design will also reduce noise generated by the self-flying taxi, while the size shouldn't be too large either. If you thought this was just Airbus being crazy, think again... Uber recently hosted a three-day summit for its flying taxi plans.


Dubai has also been playing with two-seated, 18-rotor taxi prototypes that they collaborated with German company Volocopter on. The future of Uber is UberAir, I guess?! Bring it on.


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