Volocopter, a German firm, flew its electric air taxi for the first time in France on Monday during a display in Le Bourget airport, and said it hoped to have a service operational in time for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. After a three-minute flight, the flying taxi, which resembles a small helicopter, took off from Bourget airport near Paris and landed vertically. There were no people on board.
In a statement, Volocopter stated the helicopter soared 500 metres in the air at speeds of up to 30 kilometres per hour and was around 30 metres above the airstrip. It can accommodate two persons and includes a baggage compartment.
“The obvious aim for Paris 2024,” said Volocopter Chief Executive Florian Reuter, “is to really have a regular service in operation.” “That’s a difficult task.”
To comply with existing laws, Reuter said the flying taxi service will be operated by a fully licenced pilot at first. We want these vehicles to fly entirely autonomous in the future, so you won’t need a pilot’s licence,” he added.
The urban transportation market, according to Reuter, is “colossal.” “Urban mobility is a market worth more than $10 trillion,” he added. “We anticipate that by 2035, we will be able to serve a market of $300 billion (approximately Rs. 22,24,820 crores).”