South Korea is ramping up preparations for drone passenger transport, with plans to launch an air taxi service by 2026 and autonomous urban air mobility (UAM) operations by the next decade.
Technical support was provided by Boeing and fuel by World Energy. Transport is one the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, and it is no coincidence that this is an area where a lot of effort is being put into finding greener and more sustainable alternatives to existing solutions.
The air taxi revolution that has been taking shape in recent years could, in the next few decades, bring us very close to the world long imagined by science fiction writers and filmmakers, where the skies of cities are filled with a wide variety of passenger vehicles.
GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has reached a strategic partnership with Shenzhen Expressway Operation and Development Company Limited, one of subsidiaries of Shenzhen Expressway Company Limited (“Shenzhen Expressway”).
There may be problems with regulation. The timing of when flying cars will be able to fly, and when they might be regulated, varies,” says Hugh Martin, who helps cities develop transport policies at Lacuna Technologies. Several car companies are already developing aerial vehicles, according to the CNBC article. These include Chinese electric car maker Xpeng and Fiat Chrysler.
The world record for the longest duration of flight has been set by Chinese students. Created by students at Beijing University of Aviation and Astronautics, the Feng Ru 3-100 flew continuously for 80 hours, 46 minutes and 35 seconds.