It is no small risk to embark on such a large project when the regulatory framework is still very sketchy. It is likely that new standards will have to be developed for airport construction, and that air traffic management will become much more complex than it is now, with the need to regulate an airspace that will be shared with planes and helicopters not only by drones but soon also by flying cars, Nikkei points out.
The AutoFlight Prosperity I, which will not be driven by a robot, but whose creators have extensive experience in the field of aircraft, could be ready to take its first paying passengers as early as 2025.
In a few years’ time, flying taxis will be able to meet passengers at London Heathrow airport. While infrastructure issues remain uncertain, a number of test flights are being carried out. An air taxi service at London Heathrow Airport could be launched in a few years’ time, following an agreement with Vertical Aerospace Group to roll out the service. However, the airport is still conducting a number of studies on the infrastructure.
The city of Coventry, England, will start testing flying taxis and parcel delivery drones later this year. The £1.2 million project could help create the country’s first “urban airways.” The government has set up a central station from which test flights will be made to various locations in the city of 400,000 people. The task will be managed from the ground by a company called Urban-Air Port.
But they still have to contend with distractions such as noise and visual clutter. According to the region’s top aviation safety regulator, electric flying taxis could be allowed to take off in European airspace by 2024 or 2025.
Uber could sell a division called Uber Elevate in a few weeks and they are said to stop developing self-driving cars as well.