German startup firm Lilium on Thursday announced the maiden flight of its all-electric pilotless jet-powered 'air taxi' which it hopes to operate in various cities around the world 'by 2025'.
The five-seater prototype could face skies crowded with competition, as other startups and giants like Airbus, Boeing or Uber are also tinkering away on their own projects - with an eye on transforming urban transport.
But with challengers' rotor-powered fliers offering only a limited range, Lilium believes its jet-style aircraft can set itself apart from the pack.
While it can take off vertically like a helicopter, it also sports wings for horizontal flight, allowing a top speed of 300km/h and a range of 300km.
Both Airbus and Boeing's models have a range of up to 80km.