Airbus will eventually come up with Project Vahana, an autonomous Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle.
VTOLs don’t need a runway, they are more like helicopters than flying cars, but they can work as taxis all the same.
Project Vahana director Zach Lovering said the Airbus VTOL will be a single passenger all, an electric aircraft that can be ready for production a short four years away in 2020.
“There’s a much bigger focus here on actual productization and getting this thing out there,” Lovering said, “rather than focusing on developing really cool technology.” reports Business Insider.
He also said that the VTOL will be equipped with the staples of self-driving cars including lidar, radar and cameras, so it can self-pilot.
One thing for more, Project Vahana wants to provide a service similar to UBER with their flying taxis, though the companies racing to bring flying taxis to the world would face massive amount of regulations and needed approvals from the FAA.
“There are just huge regulatory hurdles, air traffic management hurdles, structural hurdles,” Lovering said.
“That certainly will require not just Airbus and one other company, but probably half a dozen to a dozen companies working together to solve this problem.”
According to an Airbus Group report, Airbus envisions of a future where personal flight will be a common place in mega cities around by 2030.
“A taxi ride through a new city is a nice experience as it is, but flying over that city would be much more thrilling,” said Marius Bebesel, head of helicopter demonstrators, in the report.