Geely invests 50 million euros in German autopilot taxiSeptember 11, 2019
German startup Volocopter, in which Daimler and Geely invest, will launch an air taxi service in three years
German startup Volocopter has announced the receipt of an additional 50 million euros from the Chinese company Geely, which will be spent on the further development and launch of the unmanned patching taxi service. Service of a new mode of transport should be launched within the next three years, reports Automotive News.
Volocopter is developing aircraft with the possibility of takeoff and landing, which will allow residents of megacities to quickly reach their destination, bypassing traffic jams.
Flying taxi VC200 is equipped with 18 rotors, which are powered by the same number of small electric motors. Management that does not require human intervention is carried out using artificial intelligence. At the same time, the device also provides the possibility of manual control.
In November 2017, Volocopter conducted successful trials in Dubai. The pilot program for launching an “air taxi” in the UAE is designed until 2022. It is expected that the service will be combined with Dubai’s public transport systems, including the metro, tram and bus lines, as well as maritime transport.
The agreement concluded with Geely stipulates that the parties create a joint venture to launch the same service in China. In addition to Geely, Daimler also invests in a German startup.
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