The dream of anyone stuck in an endless traffic jam during rush hour. Increasingly, that dream is becoming a reality, flying taxi could be one of the main solutions for relieving traffic congestion in cities.
And they are very important element to bear in mind when designing and planning cities too.
Numerous aeronautical and automobile companies are testing flying vehicles.
Most of these, with the aim of offering urban public transport services, such as taxis.
It’s been aided by technologies including advances in battery life and computing power, sensors and distributed propulsion – the use of multiple rotors or fans.
For designing, more than 150 companies worldwide are varying to develop prototypes utilizing several electric motors
But some of the most promising designs are coming out of start-ups or makers of personal aircraft.
The architecture promises to be quieter than traditional helicopters because it uses multiple, smaller fans or propellers, rather than a single large rotor.
To get the expertise to produce the motors, Honeywell is partnering with Denso, a leading manufacturer of motors for electric cars.
What Needs to Happen
A few things will need to come together to enable mass-scale urban air mobility operations,
Experts say, One is better battery life. The other is infrastructure, including set routes and “vertiports.”
To improve on one of the challenges associated with helicopters—the noise they generate—urban air vehicles will take advantage of many small rotors.
These new vehicles should be quieter than normal flights
Uber’s VTOL taxis
Of all the VTOL taxi projects, Uber’s is the biggest so far.
The company targets 2023 as the year its service will first become commercially available, but we could see the first Uber flying Air taxis as soon as next year.
The impact on cities
The impact on cities
In reality, Airbus already offers air transport in cities via Voom, on-demand helicopter flight service available in Mexico City and São Paulo. It enables users, for example, to get from the city centre to airports in just 15 minutes.
In other cities, such as Dubai, 25% of passengers are expected to use autonomous vehicles by 2030.
The on-demand air vehicle service will relieve traffic congestion and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. Which represents a solution in densely populated and highly centralised cities, in which many people need to travel to the same points at the same time.
But its integration will also require a great deal of changes to infrastructures (such as the creation of landing pads) or traffic models and systems.
And, equally important, it would involved new traffic rules, who would have to adapt to new forms of transport. This time, in the air.
Upcoming Flying Taxi
Right now, most urban air vehicles are still in workshops or flying over test ranges.
But it’s clear that Uber and other companies are taking the concept seriously
there is promise of alternative air travel is beginning to excite both investors and potential passengers.
“In the next three to seven years is when we really start to see it happening,”
After that, you’ll really see the mass implication of that technology.