You’d be hard-pressed to hail one from the kerb – but this five-seater pilotless ‘flying taxi’ could be whisking you home within six years’ time.
German start-up Lilium has announced its electric-powered prototype had a first successful test ‘drive’ earlier this month.
The aircraft, which has a top speed of 300 km and range of nearly 320 km, takes off vertically like a helicopter but has wings for horizontal flight. The announcement will surely light a fire under Lilium’s rivals – including Airbus and Boeing, whose own similar models have a range of just 80 km.
Lilium, which has raked in more than $100million from investors, will launch an Uber-style app to help passengers find nearby landing pads for a flight they claim will be ‘comparable in price with a taxi, yet four times faster’.