Airbus To Develop The First Flying Vehicle Soon
|   Friday, February 24, 2017
It's increasingly clear that in the area of transports the future means autonomy. Therefore, the aerospace company Airbus wants to present the first prototype of an autonomous flying taxi.

The flying machine will be named "Vahana" and, according to producers, is the best solution for the future to relieve traffic congestion. This can be ordered through a platform called CityAirbus, which will be similar to that provided by Uber.
The service will be available on the market no earlier than 2021.


"Vahana" is designed for thr A3 division of the Airbus, which operates in Silicon Valley, and will be capable of transporting passengers and cargo. The main challenge for engineers is that they should pay particular attention to the automatic avoidance system for obstacles.

Right now, the figures are alarming. In 2035 it is estimated that there will be 2 billion cars. Only 2.5 percent of them will be electric and 8 percent will be hybrid. In 2050, the figure will reach 2.5 billion, and the world population will reach 9.731 billion. There will almost one car to four people.

The company representatives estimate the demand for "flying cars" to sit at about one million units, which would considerably reduce the cost of manufacturing.
"In as little as ten years, we could have products on the market that revolutionize urban travel for millions of people" says Rodin Lyasoff, Vahana project's chief.

The main challenge which Airbus engineers will have to overcome is the technology that will allow the autonomous flying taxis to notice and avoid other aircraft or birds found on their flight path. No matter how futuristic the project looks the researchers involved in the development of the unmanned flying machines enjoys the support from the company's management, so let's hope they will have something solid soon.

Another project that could revolutionize public transport in major cities is the CityAirbus, an aircraft type drone with the size of a helicopter able to take commuters to and from work.

CityAirbus was sitting the last 2 years on the agenda of the German and French engineers involved in the project. In the first phase, the large dimension drone will have a pilot on board and in the future it will be able to pass into autonomous flight, according to estimates made by Airbus representatives.

Many companies have introduced concepts of "flying cars"or "planes of the city," but did not go into production not only because of the huge price announced (150,000 - 300,000 dollars), but especially because such vehicles are impossible to be approved because nobody knows if they are safe.

A full network of flying taxis sounds like like science fiction right now, but Airbus experts think the vision is steadily taking shape. CEO Tom Enders had this to say "I'm no big fan of Star Wars, but it's not crazy to imagine that one day our big cities will have flying cars making their way along roads in the sky." He continues saying that "In a not too distant future, we'll use our smartphones to book a fully automated flying taxi that will land outside our front door – without any pilot".
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