You might be hopping into a flying taxi for a ride sooner than you think.
Many companies are invested in this space, such as Toyota, Kitty Hawk, eVolo with the Volocopter, Airbus, and others.
Another firm working toward similar goals, who've raised tens of millions in funding, is Germany-based startup known as Lilium. They have been credited with designing the world's very first all-electric VTOL jet (see video below).
What many believe might be a few decades away, could only be a few short years away from now.
A number of individuals involved with these projects recently spoke at a panel this month,TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, and they shared their thoughts on when we might expect to see the flying car option come to market.
The CEO of Volocopter, Alex Zosel, said we aren't that far away now and that the first commercial application will likely be a point-to-point solution that is located over a bottleneck somewhere that there is a lot of traffic congestion, perhaps it will be over a river etc. And the flying taxis will be able to shuttle people efficiently from one area to another.
Whether it's Toyota with their flying car at the Olympics, Uber getting its imagined flying taxi network off the ground, or Dubai or Singapore with their plans for flying taxi networks etc, it's getting closer to reality and could only be a few years away before this will be a viable transportation option for many.
eVolo via Futurism