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Airbus unveils its self flying taxi
    2016-10-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Sitting in bumper to bumper traffic during rush hour could soon be a thing of the past.

    Airbus is working on a fleet of air taxis with the hopes of relieving urban congestion* and the firm has unveiled its first conceptual renderings.

    Called Vahana, this sleek self-flying aircraft seats one passenger under a canopy that retracts similar to a motorcycle helmet visor and the vehicle is designed to operate like a helicopter.

    The conceptual renders suggest that the air taxis will take off and land vertically*, as there are helicopter-like struts, and tilting wings each with four electric motors.

    The team at Vahana aims to have a full-sized prototype in the air by the end of 2017 and a model for sale on the market by 2020.

    The taxi will first be operated by a pilot, but will become self-driving once national regulations allow it. “Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics* are most of the way there,” Rodin Lyasoff, the Airbus executive in charge of the project, said.

    This is just starting to be introduced in cars, but no examples of it for aircraft currently exist. The company thinks one way it could work would be for group vehicles, similar to car-sharing.(SD-Agencies)

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