The flying taxi is being developed by the company’s Boeing NeXt subsidiary. Plenty of 9 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, electrically powered, with a range of 80 kilometers. The test was conducted Tuesday in Manassas, Virginia. The vehicle took off, hovered, and then landed, but this time it had not yet attempted to progress. According to Greg Hyslop, Boeing’s chief technology officer, the company has moved from concept to working prototype in a single year.
Boeing isn’t the only company working on air taxis: at CES tech show in Las Vegas in early January, we also took a look at a futuristic Nexus hexacopter developed by Textron’s subsidiary Bell Helicopters. A common point in the two companies ’efforts is that they are both working with Uber, which has been floating the plan for a self-driving carrier fleet of flying vehicles for some time.