The German company Volocopter has just announced the completion of the first test flight of its VoloConnect electric flying taxi.
I think we’ve all noticed that the traffic jams are becoming more bothering every year. Commuting time keeps getting longer and people are wasting their valuable time.
Perhaps this problem will be solved soon by switching to air transport. More and more companies are working on flying taxis, and one of them is the German company Volocopter.
For several years, its experts have been working on an entirely new electrically driven VoloConnect flying vehicle. The concept, which can accommodate four passengers, just completed its maiden test flight, lasting 134 seconds. The aircraft achieved a speed of 65 km/h in forward flight and 45 km/h in sideways flight. The unit’s aerodynamics and performance were put to the test in real-world scenarios. However, this was not the vehicle’s first flight; it has previously completed three.
The vehicle’s range is only 96 kilometers and its top speed is around 250 kilometers per hour. It was not designed for long travels, but rather for short flights to destinations outside of major cities. You won’t need a private pilot, because the machine will fly entirely on its own.
Commercial operations of all Volocopter aircraft models will be managed via the VoloIQ digital platform. It is designed to handle all operational tasks, including passenger and aircraft servicing. According to Volocopter officials, the total market for all three of its flying vehicle models is potentially worth over $ 290 billion.
The vehicle will enter service in 2026.
Wouldn’t you be scared to take an autonomous flying taxi?