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Prototype self-flying taxi in 2017?
We've had a number of questions concerning self-driving cars. But many of the tricky part of self-driving cars are eliminated if you can do away with the roads, lights, pedestrians, other cars, etc. – That is: fly!
To fight against city congestion, Airbus Group and A3 teamed up to develop project Vahana. Officially started in February 2016, Vahana is a self-piloted flying vehicle platform that is designed to transport individual passenger and cargo.
Vahana aims to reduce urban cities' traffic with flying self-driving taxis, and the project's team admits that, although ambitious, their scheduled first test flight of the prototype in late 2017 is feasible as many of the needed technologies are close to becoming available. The group currently faces the challenge of complying with flying regulations and acquiring necessary approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The team anticipates putting flying taxis into production by 2020.
Will Airbus successfully flight-test a prototype airborne taxi in 2017?
This question will resolve as positive if, on or by December 31, 2017, a successful prototype demonstration is reported in a published story or a press release.
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