Flying taxi goes for test spin in Singapore

Published: 19.10.2019 Related countries:  Singapore Singapore

An 18-propeller drone-like flying taxi took to the skies here for the first time yesterday, as German firm Volocopter conducted a test flight of its vehicle around the Marina Bay district.

The battery-operated, two-seater vehicle flew for about two minutes and 30 seconds, with a pilot on board. Although the vehicle is autonomous, Volocopter placed a pilot inside during the test for safety reasons.

Volocopter's air taxi resembles a helicopter, but is based on drone technology and can fly two people for about 30km. It is designed specifically for inner-city missions and can carry 160kg.