Air Taxis

the ultimate solution to the traffic problem

Air Taxi is the solution to today’s traffic jams

The advantages of developing air taxis

Less Traffic

Obviously, the main reason for thinking of these new ways of transportation is saving time, which otherwise would be spent in traffic. Urban traffic, in fact, is one of the main reasons this technology was thought of in the first place.

Less pollution

Although electric cars are getting more and more popular, the growth is not fast enough to make a real difference in air pollution. Air taxis are solely electric, and using them might cause the difference many cities are looking for.

Lower infrastructure costs

Building new roads requires massive amounts of time and money. Air taxis, however, can take off and land vertically. Therefore they don’t need as much space as regular taxis and airplanes. What’s more, the navigation of air taxis is much more straightforward than cars since they have a 3-dimensional space at their disposal.

Challenges of developing air taxis

Software Platform

One of the main challenges of using air taxis on a large scale is designing a software platform that considers the outline of the city’s skyscrapers and the other aerial vehicles running around in the city’s skyscape. This software needs to have a function similar to air traffic control towers taking into account everything that moves in the skies.

Weather Restrictions

Like any other kind of flying, air taxis are crippled by extreme weather too. Fierce gusts of wind, heavy rains, and snowstorms can make air taxis unsafe to use. Ironically, rainy and stormy days are when traffic is heavier and more time-consuming than usual.

Noise

Companies are trying to make their air taxis as dynamically efficient as possible. However, these efforts do not mean that the result is entirely silent. With one or two air taxis in a city, the amount of noise can be negligible. However, imagine hundreds of air taxis zooming about overhead; the noise would definitely be something to consider.

Personnel

Whether manned or unmanned, using air taxis requires serious time and energy, training people. If the air taxi requires a pilot to be present, airmen and women must be educated in navigating through the city and air traffic in confined spaces. In the case of using drone taxis, controllers must learn how to control the taxi safely through the city.

Companies trying to develop the first air taxi

Airbus (AIR.PA)

Airbus is already known throughout the world for its airplanes. This recognition will certainly help the company gain the trust of its passengers when they launch their CityAirbus project. After all, if an Airbus plane can haul 850 people across oceans, it can handle four passengers across the city.

Joby Aviation (JOBY)

Joby is a startup based in California. This company has spent ten years of its time and countless amounts of money to develop air taxis. The efforts of the 800 engineers in Joby have been absolutely successful, and this company is one of the leading names in the air taxi industry.

Lilium

Lilium is a German company that plans to overtake the skies of the US and Europe with its air taxis. This company is based in Munich, Germany but also has offices all over the world. The air taxis designed by Lilium have the capacity for six passengers and one pilot. It also has extra room for luggage and loads.

Uber Air (UBER)

Uber is another well-known company presently in the business of urban transportation. Uber’s taxis have found their way not only to the towns and cities in the United States but also to many other countries across the world.

The potential market size for air taxis

The air taxi market is forecasted to mature by the end of the decade. Right now, some of the most reliable names in short-haul and long-haul transportation are working nonstop to change the world of taxis forever.

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Nadav Gover

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