In years to come, citizens will not only have the option to get a bus or a train to work in the morning; they’ll also be able to jump aboard an air taxi. This is what Alex Zosel, co-founder and chief innovation advisor of German aviation startup Volocopter, imagines life will look like in the cities of the future.
Based in Bruchsal, Germany, Volocopter have developed the first fully-electric and safe-vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft in the world that can carry up to two passengers for a short distance. As cities across the globe rush to find solutions to alleviate their overloaded public transport services, air taxis present a faster, safer and more environmentally-friendly way of getting around.
In 2017, Volocopter made aviation history by carrying out a successful autonomous air taxi flight in the inner-city of Dubai. With further tests scheduled in Singapore in the latter half of 2019, Alex is confident that Volocopter will have their first commercial routes up and running in the next three to five