Flying electric taxis would have a profound impact when it comes to society, the economy and the environment. By reshaping the way people move around cities they have the potential to alter conventional transportation systems such as highways, trains and buses, reduce pollution around urban centers and make travel faster. State-of-the-art electric motors partially compensate for this disadvantage by being more efficient in the conversion of energy into energy, and the main players in the industry, research organizations and entrepreneurs are working on several possible ways to make commercial electric flight a reality. Some of the biggest challenges in establishing a viable air taxi industry are related to battery technology, including its power and power densities, charging speed and life cycle; performance and reliability of the vehicle in varied climatic conditions; cost and affordability of the vehicle; security related to the partial autonomy of the vehicle navigating in congested skies. Of all the concepts of flying taxi that circulate, the electric Volocopter of 18 rotors is the one that seems to attract the most attention. In your current iteration, you can fly for 30 minutes at a time and reach a top speed of 100 km / h.
Just announced in September, the Autonomous Passenger Drone is built from carbon fiber composites and uses 16 electric rotors to fly. It can be manually blown with a joystick if necessary and has two seats, one behind the other. Its manufacturers posted videos accompanying the announcement that the ship is already completing manned test flights. He broke his silence this month by revealing images that showed people traveling aboard the Ehang 184 for the first time.
These test flights are intended to show that the aircraft was tested in a force of seven typhoons, navigating through a thick fog, ascending to an altitude of 300 m (1,000 ft) and completing a long-range test flight of 8.8 km. The multi-engine convertible aircraft of Joby Aviation could be the most striking of the concepts described here. The custom-designed tilt system sees the rotors rotate horizontally during takeoff and landing, and then rotates 90 degrees for the low-energy forward flight just like a fixed-wing aircraft.