Tired of being carted around in boring old ground taxis?
You could be in luck as early as 2020, when aircraft manufacturer Airbus expects to publicly test an autonomous flying taxi.
"One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," said Airbus CEO Tom Enders, adding that the company plans to test its design (non-publicly) by the end of 2017.
“We are in an experimentation phase. We take this development very seriously,”
While it’s unclear how much the company will invest for this futuristic project, Enders said Airbus intends to “make the most” of emerging transportation technologies.
“If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business,” he said.
At the recent DLD tech conference in Munich, Germany, Enders also expressed that flying cars would lessen the financial burden on city planners.
“With flying, you don't need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads,” he said.
When it finally hits the skies, the flying taxi will be designed to carry a single passenger or cargo, according to Airbus's CRO of Advanced Projects Group, Rodin Lyasoff.
“We’re aiming to make it the first certified passenger aircraft without a pilot," he said.