Boeing began to test unmanned flying taxiJanuary 24, 2019
The American company conducted the first successful tests of an autonomous aircraft, which is being developed for the air taxi service.
The American company Boeing has begun to test a new type of apparatus, which belongs to the category of “flying taxi”. Video with the first tests of an unmanned device published on YouTube.
The device, called PAV (Passenger Air Vehicle), is supposed to be used in large cities as an air taxi – “safe, quiet and environmentally friendly transport.” It took Boeing engineers only about one year to turn the concept into a working prototype. The PAV with a length of just over nine meters is equipped with an electric power plant, providing autonomy for the flight of approximately 80 kilometers.
As part of the first tests that were conducted in Manassas (Virginia), the device with the possibility of vertical takeoff and landing took off, hung, and then landed successfully. Later, Boeing will proceed to the tests with the movement through the air. In addition, the Americans are developing a cargo version of a “flying taxi” with a carrying capacity of about 225 kilograms.
At the moment, the development of the so-called “flying” cars are several dozen companies from around the world. For example, Airbus is working on a similar project, in addition to Boeing. Plus, the “air taxi” service is going to be launched by Audi, as well as by the company Uber, a special dispatching service for which NASA will create, and Dubai is already undergoing tests of a similar service with devices from the German startup Volocopter. Finally, Toyota is working on a flying car, which will present the finished model in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.
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