Airbus to put self-flying airborne taxis prototype in the air by 2017

Airbus to put self-flying airborne taxis prototype in the air by 2017. Ford might be looking to put self-driving cars into service for on-demand taxi scenarios by 2021, but that’s thinking small by Airbus standards – the aircraft manufacturer wants to make autonomous flying taxis a real thing for dense urban areas where traffic congestion is a real and growing problem.

You probably won’t be able to hail a flying taxi by 2021, but Airbus wants to put a prototype in the air by 2017. Airbus’ A3 subdivision, an innovation-focused unit located in Silicon Valley, is working on building a self-flying vehicle platform codenamed Vahana (source of the namesake for those curious), which is designed to carry both individual passengers and cargo, which could also help it act as a last-mile provider for companies like Amazon.Read more

Source: techcrunch.com