German air taxi with autopilot made its first flight in EuropeSeptember 17, 2019
The German startup Volocopter, developing a flying taxi with autopilot, conducted the first test flight in Europe in an urban environment. The VC200 took off in Stuttgart and flew over the museum building of Mercedes-Benz.
One of the shareholders of Volocopter is Daimler. In addition, the Chinese company Geely invests in a young company. According to the concept of developers, a flying taxi will allow residents of megacities to quickly reach their destination, bypassing traffic jams.
The VC200 is equipped with 18 rotors that 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.
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