Flying taxis are coming soon to our cities
Innovations in the transportation field are coming. Soon, we will end up with flying taxis in our cities. In urban areas, citizens are suffering from traffic issues such as traffic jams. Ambitious projects launched by Airbus, RATP, Uber and other companies will be completed by 2024 for Paris Olympic Games. In the UAE, Dubai is testing drone taxis to transport passengers to the chosen destination.
In collaboration with the french transport operator RATP, Airbus is working on the feasibility of electric “vertical take-off and landing” (VTOL) vehicles. These flying vehicles are supposed to operate in Paris as taxis for the 2024 Olympic Games. The viability of this project will concern the maintenance, the design, the urban integration, the traffic management, etc.
The CEO of Airbus, Guillaume Faury, said « RATP is one of the major players in urban mobility. Its knowledge regarding passengers, their needs and related services, make them the ideal partner for Airbus. »
Uber is also developing a vehicle with the Uber Air programme. Uber Spain’s director announced that the company will be able to offer clients fully functional flying taxis by 2023.
In addition, Uber has signed agreements with NASA to jointly investigate how to ensure the safety and efficiency of this urban air traffic.
Drone taxis will revolutionize transport over short distances
Drone taxis are electric flying taxis that can serve passengers to the desired destination only by entering the address into the drone’s system. This type of future transportation needs platforms for take-off and landing of flying taxis called « skyports ». With developing and spreading these flying taxis in the future, the traffic issues in short distance will be considerably reduced: less time in transport, less congestion and less pollution.
Moving from a point A to a point B in the air is easier and faster than by road. One the other hand, providing an electric mean of transport will contribute to reduce significantly the carbon emissions and thus reduce the quantities of greenhouse gases released by cars. It will prevent global warming and climate change.
However, companies developing these flying taxis may face several barriers and constraints. They have to contribute developing, with the bodies concerned, regulations to make these flying taxis safer for users. They must also consult with the current air traffic regulatory bodies to avoid interfering with the existing airplanes traffic. Besides, the companies have to decide, with the authorities, the « skyports » places for taking-off and landing since it will need a lot of space. It will be difficult to find these spaces in cities.