Imagine being able to fly over rush hour traffic for the same cost as hiring a taxi!
Have you ever sat in your car during rush hour and thought, “I wish I could just fly over this traffic and get to my destination faster!”? If so, you’re not alone. This exact thought is what inspired the concept of “Project Vahana”, a fleet of on-demand autonomous drones built to carry passengers through the skies.
If the giant taxis are a success, passengers will be able to use an app and book passage on the craft to travel to a local helipad in their city. Then, they’d board a CityAirbus drone alongside other travels.
The company says commuters will be “whisked away to their destination” by the self-driving taxis. Luggage, however, would be transported by a separate service.
Another intriguing aspect of this concept is that the Airbus taxis would be about the same price as riding in a regular taxi to one’s destination. Considering they’re also likely to be faster than a taxi, what would stop one from taking the flying drone instead?
Because humans have not yet perfected self-driving cars, it will still likely be a few years until the giant, floating drones are installed in major cities. However, the idea is intriguing and seems more than likely that someday, a form of floating taxi could be the preferred method of transportation in cities.
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