Rasavahini Mobility of the Future: Flight Taxis: 8 concepts that could soon go into production

Rasavahini Mobility of the Future: Flight Taxis: 8 concepts that could soon go into production

Rasavahini                                                       At the beginning of the year, Airbus presented a massive aircraft with eight variable-pitch propellers amid great media interest. The prototype of a taxicab was surrounded by artificial fog and on a screen next to it ran the countdown: three, two, one, zero. Everyone tore their arms in the air euphorically, but then the disillusionment. The air taxi remained on the ground. This should soon be over.     The legal basis already exists: Since July 2, aircrews that take off vertically are allowed under European law. The European Aviation Safety Agency has introduced the new category VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing). A VTOL can weigh just over three tons, has permission to fly over metropolitan areas and can carry up to nine passengers. Here we give you an overview of the current projects of some companies. We could soon be chauffeured in these eight electric taxis.     City Airbus                                       At the first public performance in Ingolstadt the CityAirbus did not take off yet.                 © Airbus             © Airbus             © Airbus                      The over two-ton CityAirbus, which was presented in Ingolstadt as a flightless prototype, has now completed its first hover. It needs eight square meters of space, which is equivalent to more than three car parking spaces, and is intended to accommodate a maximum of four people 15 Can transport for minutes. Airbus has received more political support in Germany than the competition, which is already a step further.     To the website: Airbus     Lilium Jet                                       The wings allow a lower energy consumption.                 © Lilium             © Lilium             © Lilium                      A flight taxi for everyone. The start-up near Munich does not want to sell its jet to affluent private individuals. With a pay-per-ride service Lilium wants to transport everyone. A flight should not cost much more than a taxi ride. Up to five people have space in the cabin. The jet consists of two thin wings and (**********************************************************************************) kilometers and 300 km / h should allow maximum speed. Due to the additional buoyancy of the wings, the jet can fly with less than ten percent of the 2 Achieve performance and would therefore have a similar energy consumption as an electric car. Already 2017 lifted the first prototype of Lilium, 2025 should start the trial operation for the population. (Also interesting: Velomobile – a successful alternative to the car?)     To the website: Lilium     Alaka’i Skai                                       The six electric rotors are powered by hydrogen.                 © Alaka’i                              Five passengers have space in the blue-lit interior.                 © Alaka’i                      Fuel cell instead of lithium batteries. The US startup relies on 80 200 liter large hydrogen tank that drives the six electric motors. The developers are hoping for a weight advantage. Up to 630 kilometer range is to create the Skai and thereby transport five passengers. Alaka’i Technologies’ team consists of former employees of NASA, Airbus, Boeing and the US Department of Defense. Together with the BMW brand Designworks they are trying to build a light air taxi, so some components are made of carbon fiber. The first test flight of the Skai is imminent, according to the manufacturer.     To the website: Alaka’i     Volocopter 2X                                       2016 the Volocopter 2X flew for the first time autonomously through Dubai.                 © Volocopter             © Volocopter                      He should have been the first. Since 800 the Volocopter 2X is allowed to fly in Germany. 2016 he flew for the first time autonomously through Dubai. With a maximum total weight of 450 kilograms he can carry two passengers up to 27 kilometers far. The German company is already planning mobile landing platforms, which will be realized this year. The so-called Volo ports are according to the manufacturer the only necessary physical infrastructure for the Volocopter 2X. They will be presented on public test flights in Singapore in the second half of the year 2019. (Also read: The ADAC will be coming soon with the Volocopter)     To the website: Volocopter     Ehang 184 +                                       The passenger drone from Ehang folds up.                 © Ehang                              The model with the type designation (*********************************************************)                 © Ehang                              … there is room for two in the Ehang (*********************************). The two-seat plane taxi is to be produced from 2020.                 © Ehang                      A drone for passenger transport. Maximum (*********************************************************************************************) km / h Ehang 184 offers maximum speed and space for one person. The Chinese manufacturer is currently working on a manual control, so far the drone can only fly autonomously. At the beginning 2018, Ehang released a video from the first successful test flight. From 2020 a two-seated air taxi with the name Ehang 216 is to be produced by the Austrian company FACC. (Also read: Drones can be powered by diamonds and lasers instead of batteries)     To the website: Ehang     Vertical Aerospace                                       2018 The prototype of Vertical Aerospace in the west of England took off for the first time. At the end of the year, a further developed version will be presented                 © Vertical Aerospace             © Vertical Aerospace             © Vertical Aerospace                      Nothing works without a pilot. The British company relies on existing aviation rules, which are not expected to change that fast. An autonomous control is therefore not provided. The passenger cabin is carried by four electric sheathed propellers and should come with a battery charge up to 800 miles. 2018 The prototype of Vertical Aerospace in the west of England took off for the first time. At the end of the year, a further developed version will be presented. From 2022 the manufacturer wants to start the commercial use of the air taxi.     Website: Vertical Aerospace     Bell Nexus                                       The swiveling rotors allow the Bell Nexus to fly horizontally and vertically.                 © Bell             © Bell             © Bell                      Start vertically and fly horizontally. The six swiveling rotors allow the Bell Nexus two different flight modes. The blue-lit interior accommodates a pilot and four passengers. Together with experts from companies such as Garmin, Safran, Thales and Moog, the US helicopter manufacturer is developing a flight taxi for on-demand mobility. Since 2017 the company cooperates with the car broker Uber for another flight taxi. 2020 are scheduled for the first test flights in Los Angeles, Dallas and Dubai. From 2023 the Elevate project is to start regularly and to mediate flight taxis of different providers over the platform Uber. (Also interesting: The future of luxury tourism is in space)     To the website: Bell     Boeing PAV                      © Boeing             © Boeing                      The design is reminiscent of a seaplane. Instead of air cushions, however, the prototype of the Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) has rotors on the runners. Up to In January, the PAV was first lifted in Virginia. Based on this, the cargo variant CAV (Cargo Air Vehicle) will soon be available. It should be able to transport over 230 kilograms and be tested later this year. (Also read: Classic Meets Modernity: 6 classic cars with electric motor)     To the website: Boeing                                                                                    
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