Progress in electric motors, battery technology and autonomous software has led to an explosion in the field of electric air taxis.
Larry Page, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, has invested millions in start-ups for aviation, Zee Aero and Kitty Hawk, both of which aim for fully electric flight cabins.
Kitty Hawk is supposed to develop a flying car and has already filed more than a dozen different aircraft registrations with the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.
Page, which founded Google together with Sergey Brin in 1998, has personally invested $ 100 million (£ 70 million) in the two companies that have not yet publicly recognized or demonstrated their technology.
Secret start-up Joby Aviation has come a step closer to realizing its flying taxi.
The California-based company, which is building a fully electric flying taxi capable of starting vertically, has received $ 100 million (£ 70 million) from a group of investors led by Toyota and Intel.
The money will be used to convert the & # 39; megadrone & # 39; from the company that can reach speeds of 200 mph (321 km / h) powered by lithium-nickel-cobalt manganese oxide batteries.
The Joby S2 prototype has 16 electric propellers, 12 of which are designed for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), which means that no runway is required.
AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and can take off and land vertically
The aircraft leaves vertically, like a helicopter, before 12 of its screws are folded away, so that it can glide like an aircraft once it is in the air.
Airbus is also working hard on a similar idea, with its latest Project Vahana prototype, with the Alpha One brand, which successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018.
The self-controlled helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. The test flight lasted 53 seconds in total.
Airbus has previously shared a well-produced concept video with the vision for Project Vahana.
The footage reveals a slender, self-flying aircraft that accommodates a passenger under an awning that retracts in the same way as the visor of a motorcycle helmet.
Airbus Project Vahana prototype, branded as Alpha One, successfully completed its first test flight in February 2018. The self-controlled helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five meters) before successfully returning to the ground. The test flight lasted 53 seconds in total
Just like Joby Aviation, Project Vahana is designed to be fully electric and off-road and to land vertically.
AirSpaceX is another company with ambitions to bring commuters to heaven.
The Detroit-based start-up has promised to deploy 2,500 aircraft in the 50 largest cities in the United States by 2026.
AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018.
Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and can take off and land vertically.
AirSpaceX even has a broadband connection for high speed internet access, so you can view your Facebook News Feed while you fly to work.
Apart from passenger and cargo services, AirSpaceX says that the vessel can also be used for medical and evacuation of victims, as well as tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Even Uber is working to keep his rhythm service up and running.
Double Uber Elevate, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi provisionally discussed the company's plans during a technology conference in January 2018.
& # 39; I think it will happen within ten years, & # 39; he said.
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