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In 2018, A Taxi Runs Through The Sky

Both Airbus and Uber are working on an autonomous flight taxi concept.

Autonomous vehicles are not yet very visible on public roads, but plans have been laid out to take the next step in city traffic. It is an autonomous flight car. Aerospace company Airbus announced at its conference on January 16 that it plans to test an early model of an autonomous flight vehicle later this year.

It will be responsible for the development of the autonomous airplane at the 'Future of Urban Mobility' division of Airbus, which will address serious traffic problems caused by the expansion of urbanization. Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, said at the DLD IT conference in Munich, Germany, "urban traffic has gone down underground 100 years ago." "Now we have the technical resources to fly to the sky," Reuters reported. .

Enderers believes that the cost of flying taxi infrastructure will be significantly lower than land and underground traffic, which will reduce the city planning budget. "Air transport does not have to pour billions of dollars into concrete bridges and roads," he said. "We are in the experimental stage and we take this development very seriously." Airbus said it could prepare a one-pass pilot vehicle by the end of the year.

Last year, Airbus unveiled details of its autonomous flight taxiing with the concept of piloting its wing propeller last year. Airbus is not the only company that is developing an autonomous vehicle concept. Uber's Jeff Holden, chief product officer, described the future vision of the "elevated" network of vertical take-offs (VTOLs) from a white paper on page 99 published last year.

Holden CPO wrote in a white paper: "With recent advances in technology, the development of a new VTOL airplane has become feasible. Dozens of companies are keen to implement VTOL based on their various designs. This white paper is the starting point of the journey. In the future, Uber will approach, learn and explore the meaning of this urban air transport movement by reaching out to key business, infrastructure and regulatory stakeholders as well as cities, vehicle manufacturers, prominent users and community groups. "

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