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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.

@anthony256
Published Fri, Oct 6 2017 12:23 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

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.

Airbus' flying taxi will take to the skies in 2018 | TweakTown.com

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.

NEWS SOURCE:engadget.com

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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