Updated: Aug 29
Another eVTOL Aircraft Enters the Race to Commercialization and Advanced Air Mobility.
The way we get around cities is about to change. Within the next few years, flying taxis will debut in the skies over major cities worldwide, adding a new dimension to advanced air mobility. One company leading the charge toward that future is Volocopter's VoloCity air taxi. The VoloCity is expected to become the first "flying taxi" during the 2024 Paris Olympics, and it is poised to revolutionize urban transportation in several key ways. In this blog post, we'll look at the VoloCity and how it could change how we travel.
At first glance, the VoloCity looks like a cross between a helicopter and a drone. It's a two-seat flying vehicle that's powered by electric motors. But unlike a helicopter, it has 18 rotors spread across two wings, making it quieter and safer in urban environments. The VoloCity is designed to take off and land vertically so that it won't need traditional runways like airplanes. Instead, it can take off and land from small helipads installed in optimal locations around the city.
One of the most significant advantages of the VoloCity is its speed. It can travel at 110 km/h (68mph), faster than your average car in heavy city traffic. This means commuters and travelers can reach their destinations more quickly than they would by driving or taking public transit. And because the VoloCity can fly directly between transportation hubs like train stations and airports, it eliminates the need for time-consuming transfers and connections.
Another advantage of the VoloCity is its environmental impact. The vehicle produces zero emissions, so it won't contribute to air pollution in cities. And because it's powered by electricity, it's much quieter than traditional helicopters or airplanes. This means it won't disrupt the peace of urban neighborhoods when it takes off and lands.
Of course, the VoloCity is not without its challenges. One of the biggest hurdles the company is facing is regulatory approval. Flying taxis are still a relatively new concept, and governments worldwide are still figuring out how to regulate them to ensure they're safe and reliable. With over 1500 test flights, Volocopter is well on its way to completing certification. Volocopter continues working closely with regulatory bodies to ensure that VoloCity meets all requirements and is on track to become the first certified electric air taxi for urban transportation in Europe and globally.
The VoloCity air taxi from Volocopter has the potential to transform the way we get around cities. With its speed, convenience, and environmental impact, it's easy to see why so many people are excited about the possibilities it presents. While there are still challenges to overcome, the Volocopter team is working hard to meet regulatory demands and make VoloCity a reality. So, watch the skies over the next few years — you might see a VoloCity flying by.