Moving from home to work and back has proved to be a hectic, especially in most developed countries, following heavy traffic jams exhibited. Taxi networks have worked hard to avert these menace but they are still overwhelmed by the exceeding number of private owned cars.
As a way of trying to excel in their business, many of them have come up with ways that will help curb traffic congestion in major cities, if extended to such countries.
Lilium taxi company
The taxi network companies have resorted to building a flying taxi network, which they believe will be operational across the globe by 2025.
The recent one to venture into the project is a German-Munich-based taxi company Lilium.
Founded in 2015, Lilium claims that its flying jet, which was launched in May 23, can make longer journey than the majority of its competitors.
The five-seater electric air taxi, which is battery-powered, will be operational by 2025 (in next 6 years) across major cities in the world.
CNN report that the jet is projected to travel 300Kms (186 miles) within 60 minutes and connects through a network of landing pads.
Charge per ride
A rider will be able to book a ride via a mobile app developed by Lilium, from the nearest landing pad.
Further report shows that the price charge per ride will be calculated based on ‘comparable prices’ of existing regular taxis in that particular city.
Lilium CEO and co-founder Daniel Wiegand said that this has been part of the company’s dream to see everyone across the world fly wherever they want.
“Today we are taking another huge step towards making urban air mobility a reality. We dream of a world where anyone can fly wherever they want, whenever they want,” said Wiegand during the launch of the air taxi
Uber has also partnered with NASA to launch a flying taxi network by the year 2023.
Other companies venturing in the same project include Boeing (BA) and Rolls Royce (RYCEF).