Air taxi modelled on a bird

The Macrobat was specifically designed with African conditions in mind, but it remains to be seen whether it will ever be built. Although air taxis, like cars, bicycles and aeroplanes, will certainly become uniform in the future, the new form of transport, which is still only just beginning to spread its wings, is still quite a favourite with creative designers, who are not holding back when it comes to brainstorming: in recent years, we have seen air taxis with 18 rotors positioned like a halo above the cockpit, eVTOLs with folding wings and even something resembling a flying saucer. But the concept from South African start-up Phractyl stands out even from this diverse field.

Jet-powered ambulances and city workers commuting with drones take to the skies

Jet-powered ambulances, border patrols in flying cars and city workers commuting by drone – all of this may seem sci-fi today – but these ideas are part of the development plan for advanced aerial mobility (AAM), a market expected to be worth $17 billion by 2025.

Air taxis will transport spectators to the Paris Olympics in 2024

Thirty companies are involved in testing the aircraft that will be essential to Paris’ traffic during the event, according to the vice-president of the Île-de-France region. Regular eVTOL passenger transport routes and infrastructure are planned to be deployed in France in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, and preparations will start soon, according to the airport operator Group ADP.

South Korea is already testing its air taxi control system

From 2025, flying vehicles will be able to carry passengers from Seoul’s airports to the city centre, and if all goes well, from 2035 you won’t even need to be rich to travel in them. An urban air mobility (UAM) control system was unveiled in South Korea on Thursday, which is expected to be operational in 2025 and will serve air taxis between major airports and downtown Seoul. The solution, which will reduce the current travel time by a third, is part of a roadmap to launch commercial urban air transport in four years’ time, with a target date of 2025.

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