Electric flying taxis could be a reality in a few years, according to Europe’s leading aviation safety authority, Bloomberg reports. According to Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), vertical take-off, piloted, commercial, baggage-carrying aircraft could be licensed first, but autonomous drones could come later.
EASA is working with several companies and the US Federal Aviation Administration to regulate unmanned aircraft. For autonomous passenger vehicles, it is easier to start the process with taxis, as they would prefer to license smaller vehicles first. Planes flying in congested cities would have to meet higher safety standards and the regulator would also have to take into account visual and noise pollution, Ky said.