Flying cars were thought to be coming as soon as four years from now, but actually commercial models are coming up sooner than what had been thought. Air taxi startup Kitty Hawk already has FAA approval to test its prototype in “uncongested areas.” Boeing air taxi prototypes are in the works and the company expects to fly them within one year. German startup Volocopter is planning tests in Singapore next year. Audi and Airbus are testing out a trial run that will soon covert over to a flying car taxi service.
“It’s coming because it has to,” said Robin Lineberger, the leader of Deloitte’s Aerospace & Defense industry practice, over speculation on why major companies are investing heavily in the technology. “We have no more room on the ground to move cars around.”
Audi is conducting tests in South America in cooperation with the Airbus subsidiary Voom. Customers book helicopter flights in Mexico City or Sao Paulo, while an Audi is at the ready for the journey to or from the landing site. It will feed data into its autonomous, electric flying taxi prototype, which was shown taking its first public test flight yesterday at Drone Week in Amsterdam.