The German company has announced that it has successfully completed the first test phase of the five-seater Lilium Jet, bringing it one step closer to introducing these vehicles by 2025. The Lilium Jet is capable of speeds of 100 / km per hour.
The first test was conducted in May 2019, when the plane took off vertically, hovered briefly, and then landed, said Remo Gerber, the company’s commercial director, adding that hundreds of test flights have been conducted since then.
The Lilium Jet flying taxi is controlled by a ground pilot with two parallel wings as well EQUIPPED WITH 36 ELECTRIC MOTORS, which can be moved at a large angle during take-off and landing. The biggest challenge for the company today will be to obtain regulatory approvals as well as increase production capacity.
THE COMPANY HAS OPENED A NEW 3 THOUSAND SQUARE-METER FACTORY IN THE HEADQUARTERS OF MUNICH AND PLANS TO BUILD FURTHER FACILITIES.
THE COMPANY PLANS TO BUILD SOFTWARE ON THE MARKET THAT CONSUMERS CAN INVITE MACHINES LIKE A UBER CAR.
As an example, a flight between Manhattan and JFK International Airport would take six minutes and would cost about $ 70. But I want to increase the distance that the machine can cover to 300 kilometers.
According to a recent TechCrunch report, Lilium is constantly discussing with potential investors how they could get a $ 400-500 million investment. The company has so far raised about $ 100 million from sponsors such as China’s Tencent or London’s venture capital investor, Atomico.
In addition, of course, other companies are working to manufacture and market flying taxis, including Uber, Boeing and Airbus.