Flying taxis

Courtesy - lilium

Black cabs are as well-known a feature of London’s streets as yellow taxis are to New York, but it seems that in the future we may be sharing rides in a five-seater plane to get to work.

The team at Lilium is now working on an aircraft that can take off from micro-landing pads in the middle of cities and is designed with the on-demand air taxi and ridesharing services in mind. The company thinks that it will be popular with those already using taxi apps who do not access the private jet market.

Lilium has just completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria.

The ‘air taxi’ is electronically powered, therefore zero-emission and can move at 300 km/h. A flight from Manhatten to New York’s JFK Airport will take around five minutes compared to a journey of fifty-five minutes by car.