Self-flying cars seem like something which we see in sci-fi movies. However, many of us don’t know that the technology not only exists but is in the process to be used commercially. Many big names have entered the race for flying cars. Companies like eVOLO, Airbus, EHang, Terrafugia and recent entrants like Rolls Royce and Aston Martin are currently in testing phase. Most of them claim to be fully functional by or before 2025.
The flying cars in technical terms are known us VTOLs (vertical take-off and landing), similar to a drone. Some of them use the same principle. Some company like Terrafugia already sells its Transition flying car, which requires a runway to take off and can also be driven on roads. Some of the fascinating features of these flying machines are that, they are powered by clean electricity, have lower noise levels, and it is an environment-friendly vehicle.
In order to use these flying cars commercially, companies are testing them to be used as an electric flying taxi. All of the brands have different seating capacities and flying durations. However, when we talk about flying taxis minimum requirement should be 30 mins for the starters. The mass usage of these electric flying taxis is still a distant dream. Many believe initially it will be just a means of novelty. As per Gartner research report 2017, consumer mindset and regulatory issues are two main obstacles in front of flying taxis future. Along with this, the passenger safety is another barrier which needs to work upon. Even after all these pullbacks travelling in a flying taxi seems fascinating to many.
Dubai began testing flying cars in September 2017. It is an Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT). It is a two-seater, self-flying VTOLs, which has been supplied by the German-based manufacturer, Volocopter. The test flight was held near the Jumeirah Beach Park.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working continuously to develop policies and regulations to support and monitor it. FAA finds the future of this technology promising and working towards the integration of this technology in aviation.
As per experts in the field, 2019 might be a more realistic breakout year for the technology. So, the future of self-flying taxis seems quite bright, and we can’t wait to hop on one.