Flying cars, also known as vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles, have long been a staple of science fiction and futurist predictions. In recent years, there has been growing interest in the development of real-world flying cars, with a number of companies and organizations working on prototypes and concepts. However, it is important to note that flying cars are still in the early stages of development and are not yet widely available for commercial use.
A Korean company called Plana has recently raised funds to develop a flying taxi that can hold up to seven passengers. The project is still in the planning stages, but the recent injection of $10 million in capital may allow for it to move forward.
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.