But the eVTOL market is only just starting to really take off, with a working prototype delivered to CES in January by a company called Aska. And now Electrek reports that an air taxi jointly developed by Blade Air Mobility and BETA Technologies has been successfully tested and is undergoing trials in New York.
In December, NASA conducted a crash test to simulate a less positive outcome of an eVTOL flight, and the results did not reflect well on the reliability of the vehicle or the accuracy of the preliminary simulations.
The introduction of air taxis, also known as electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, could revolutionise the way we travel. However, the development and deployment of this technology also raises important questions about its impact on the workforce and the labour market.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently expanded the list of aircraft and helicopters that qualify as air carriers, allowing operators to use them for commercial purposes.
AirNova, a French start-up, has a vision of creating a network of vertiports across France to increase the accessibility and popularity of air taxis. The company, based in Bordeaux, recently sought out investors with the goal of raising approximately €3.5 million in the first round of funding, with the company’s founder contributing €500 million.
Doroni Aerospace, a startup based in Florida that was founded in 2016, has added a protective cover to the rotors of their electric air taxi, known as the H1, which sets them apart from other manufacturers and may make the vehicle appear safer to some.