The Flying Taxi Experience May Be Here Sooner than Expected

TREND # 6 As we discussed last year in our analysis of the trend Urban Mobility Takes Off , a concept study by NASA has made the case that taking a ride in a driverless vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi could become as cheap as taking a ride in an Uber car, and take less than one-third of the time.1 A team led by Mark Moore of NASA’s Langley Research Center focused on the area from Oakland to San Jose. Assuming that each air taxi would be in the air about 30 hours per week, the cost could realistically match an Uber benchmark of $1.50 per mile. A test of the Ehang 184 is planned soon for Las Vegas. Officials from...

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