Singapore’s first flying taxis to take off in 2019

Singapore’s first flying taxis to take off in 2019Singapore is set to begin test flights with flying taxis in the second half of 2019, the German company behind the technology said in a statement on October 18.

According to Volocopter, the air taxi trials in Singapore are supported by the Ministry of Transport, Economic Development Board and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore which came upon the idea in March last year. The drone-based vehicles would take to the skies in a series of “inner-urban flight tests”” in the city state after the German firm has already undertaken a one-off unmanned test in Dubai, and individuals have also flown in it in Germany.

Volocopter chief executive Florian Reuter described Singapore as a “logical partner” in its efforts.

“The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development,” he said, adding that “we are confident this is another exciting step to make air taxi services a reality.”

Tan Kong Hwee, the executive director of Singapore’s state-run Economic Development Board, welcomed the “exciting” news in a statement.

The Volocopter trial aims to determine whether the electric-powered aircraft, which was created with inner-city flight in mind, will live up to its design brief when operating in an urban environment. Though the prototype resembles a helicopter, its drone-like capabilities means it can be operated from the ground or by a pilot, carrying two passengers for about 30 kilometers.

Singapore was the first country to begin trialing driverless taxis back in 2016 and last year unveiled plans to introduce “robot buses and shuttles” to commuters starting in 2020, according to local media.



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Singapore is set to begin test flights with flying taxis in the second half of 2019, the German company behind the technology said in a statement on October 18. According to Volocopter, the air taxi trials in Singapore are supported by the Ministry of Transport, Economic Development Board and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore which came upon the idea in March last year. The drone-based vehicles would take to the skies in a series of “inner-urban flight tests”" in the city state after the German firm has already undertaken a one-off unmanned test in Dubai, and individuals have also flown...

Singapore’s first flying taxis to take off in 2019Singapore is set to begin test flights with flying taxis in the second half of 2019, the German company behind the technology said in a statement on October 18.

According to Volocopter, the air taxi trials in Singapore are supported by the Ministry of Transport, Economic Development Board and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore which came upon the idea in March last year. The drone-based vehicles would take to the skies in a series of “inner-urban flight tests”” in the city state after the German firm has already undertaken a one-off unmanned test in Dubai, and individuals have also flown in it in Germany.

Volocopter chief executive Florian Reuter described Singapore as a “logical partner” in its efforts.

“The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development,” he said, adding that “we are confident this is another exciting step to make air taxi services a reality.”

Tan Kong Hwee, the executive director of Singapore’s state-run Economic Development Board, welcomed the “exciting” news in a statement.

The Volocopter trial aims to determine whether the electric-powered aircraft, which was created with inner-city flight in mind, will live up to its design brief when operating in an urban environment. Though the prototype resembles a helicopter, its drone-like capabilities means it can be operated from the ground or by a pilot, carrying two passengers for about 30 kilometers.

Singapore was the first country to begin trialing driverless taxis back in 2016 and last year unveiled plans to introduce “robot buses and shuttles” to commuters starting in 2020, according to local media.



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