In Singapore, experienced flying taxi VolocopterOctober 31, 2019
The German startup Volocopter, in which the Geely Holding Group invested 50 million euros, conducted a test flight of its air taxi in Singapore.
According to the company, the debut test flight of an air taxi over Singapore’s Marina Bay lasted about 2 minutes. It was a manned flight, but it is expected that in the future they will become fully autonomous. Air taxi manufacturer Volocopter previously conducted public demonstration flights in Germany, the UAE and Finland.
According to the general director of the Volocopter project, Florian Reuters, this is an important milestone in the introduction of a new type of air mobility in the urban transport network.
Volocopter is one of several companies developing an electric drone flying taxi. Since its founding in 2011, the company has created 3 generations of Volocopter multicopter helicopters, two of which have been issued licenses for manned and unmanned flights for a total of 35 million euros. In addition to the Geely Holding Group, German automaker Daimler AG is one of the main investors in the Volocopter project.
Volocopter flying vehicles form the potential for unloading city roads and provide people with a real chance to quickly move from one point to another at a speed of up to 110 km / h.
Despite the possible risks associated with safety and cost, Volocopter flying machines are considered one of the most promising and environmentally friendly alternatives to classic modes of transport.
The firm has made many public presentations of the viability of vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and is now about to receive a full commercial license from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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