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  • 08.19.16

Airbus’s solution for traffic: It’s planning a flying taxi

We might get to live in a Jetson’s-like world, after all. Aeronautical giant Airbus has announced its “CityAirbus” project on its website. The project aims to get a fleet of passenger drones—in other words, flying taxis—in the skies above the world’s growing megacities within the next decade, with testing to begin in 2017. CityAirbus would essentially be a helicopter plus drone plus bus; passengers would travel to a local helipad to board CityBus after they booked a seat on one with an app. But if you think these flying taxi’s will cost an arm and leg, you’re wrong, says Airbus:

The sharing economy principle would make journeys in the CityAirbus affordable. A flight would cost nearly the equivalent of a normal taxi ride for each passenger, but would be faster, more environmentally sustainable and exciting. “A taxi ride through a new city is a nice experience as it is, but flying over that city would be much more thrilling,” says [Marius] Bebesel[, head of helicopter demonstrators at Airbus Helicopters.]

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