According to AutoFlight, the manufacturer of Prosperity, the most important and problematic phase of the prospective air taxi’s operation is the switch between the propellers that lift it into the air and those that provide the vehicle with forward propulsion. In the latest test, Prosperity successfully cleared the hurdle.
In a few years’ time, the first flight test to test the efficiency of a very fast spacecraft could be carried out as early as 2025. The device is being developed by Chinese engineers.
Xpeng Motors is not only aiming to take Tesla’s laurels, but also to launch a flying car by 2024. It is no longer too bold to assume that urban transport will change radically in the coming decades, with the emergence of self-driving cars and the equally important role of air taxis, which are now being developed by countless companies around the world.
Not much is known about the project, which is still in the early stages, but it is certain that the spacecraft will be so big that it will have to be assembled in space.
While Western manufacturers are still only at the prototype stage, China’s Ehang is already producing the Ehang 216 and VT30 air taxis in full production at its Yunfui factory.
Another automaker has announced that it is entering a market for flying cars that does not yet exist: Volkswagen said on Tuesday that vertical mobility opportunities in China are being explored.