Written by Kfir Kedem - October 13, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
Air taxis are becoming a part of our near future. Auto Trendy has already reported on SkyDrive, a Japanese initiative to develop a flying car that would be used for similar routes as passenger cars with the only twist being that they fly. SkyCab is a European initiative to research the possibility of air taxis between the Mass, Rhine, and Ruhr rivers. The initiative is by a partnership of some of the most expert companies in terms of aircraft, automotive, design, and other relevant experts.
The research will take three years to conduct (2020-2023) and has already started. Three main questions are being asked:
● What are the best routes for air taxis?
● On which already existing urban areas can the air taxis take off and land safely?
● How would the air taxi network be integrated into the existing urban infrastructure?
When it comes to the vehicle, it has some interesting features with 4 seats, a 100 km usage range, and a speed of 240 km/h. The information about SkyCab is quite limited so far, but with funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, it seems to be a promising project.
Auto Trendy’s take:
With discussions of the future of the automotive industry often being about other trends, it became easy to forget that in the past, everyone thought the future would consist of flying cars. Yes, we may have missed Back to the Future’s prediction by a few years, but flying cars are seeming to be more and more of a viable future to deal with congestion. With the industry heading towards autonomous taxis, flying taxis are a no brainer when it comes to dealing with the upcoming traffic and congestion issues. We will be happy to keep you updated on any future information that is released as well as any other flying passenger vehicles that we discover.