The first manned, completely electric and safe vertical take-off and landing taxi ‘Volocopter’ is launching soon. Volocopter will be World’s first flying taxi. The reports claim that this vehicle will be released in cities all over the world by 2020.
In the Greentech festival, an event in Berlin, this vehicle was one of the major highpoints. The festival is the invention of former Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg told CNN’s Supercharged, “It’s not in 10 years’ time, it’s at the end of next year that it will be commercialized. In places like Dubai, Singapore, and Germany.”
Adding, “It’s just phenomenal because this is going to revolutionize the way we move and it’s going to decongest cities as well because we can quite easily use the airspace much more.”
The German Volocopter company said the vehicle will now offer a higher degree of safety by taking off and landing vertically. It will drop off and pick up travelers and swap the batteries in ‘Volo-Hubs’ and ‘Volo-Ports.’
Basically, the Volocopter is based on drone technology. Robots will swap the batteries before they continue each journey. 100,000 passengers will be carried per hour all over the world within the next decade.
Rosberg said, “Of course there are some challenges remaining but the most fascinating aspect of it: It’s not just for the rich and wealthy because once it goes autonomous, it will cost only as much as a taxi costs nowadays.”
Adding, “So it will really be accessible to a lot of people and I think that’s the power of it. The future of green tech is that it’s coming now! And it’s not a compromise anymore, it’s not like you need to forfeit something. It’s cool, it’s sustainable, it’s most of the time even cheaper, so it’s here to stay and I really hope we all learn to embrace it because it’s very, very powerful and will have a great big impact.”