A prototype version of the Speeder, a jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle, has aced its first flight test. The machine, built by California-based Jetpack Aviation, could eventually reach top speeds of over 480 km/h.
Uber has wildly ambitious plans to send flying taxis soaring over cities. The company announced that it will open a Paris lab dedicated to its Elevate program called the Advanced Technologies Center in Paris (ATCP).
The company aims to conduct test flights of its air taxi in 2020 in Dallas or Los Angeles, with commercial service to begin as soon as 2023.
Major aerospace companies are now moving to develop the future of flight with electric planes, self-driving taxis and personal flying vehicles.
With the goal of tackling rush hour traffic around the world, the companies have essentially created a car paired with a drone that can swoop down, pick it up and transport passengers far above the traffic below.
Pre-orders are about to begin for the world's first commercially available flying car
Airbus is currently working at short-range, electrically powered helicopters, closer in form to a toy drone. With electrically-driven ducted fans, they could be quiet enough to hop across city centers, and Airbus claims they will be as cheap to use as a taxi, thanks to the savings that come with the ride-sharing culture.
This technology has actually been around for decades, but Munich-based Lilium is touting their tech as being a far safer, cleaner and more socially friendly update.
Airbus Group says it is developing the CityAirbus, an autonomous air taxi for individual passenger and cargo transport, scheduled to fly late next year.