Recently, there has been a real fashion for ideas of moving transport from earth to space, and this is not about airplanes, but hybrids of cars and aircraft.
In the spring of 2017, the German company Lilium presented the amazing possibilities of its fully autonomous and electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL) which it is building, which is equipped with wings like a real jet and is moving thanks to dozens of engines.
It stands out from the competition that developed huge speed of up to 300 km/h and a range of 300 kilometers. The German startup believes that the future belongs to such inventions as their Lilium. In the video below you can see what his next air test looked like.
This time, the electric flying taxi after the vertical take-off smoothly changes the direction of flight to horizontal. The company boasts of this achievement, because as it provides, it is one of the biggest challenges of similar projects and not everyone manages to overcome them
This unusual design will definitely not end up in the basket. Why? It was supported by the heads of Twitter and Skype, and thanks to sponsors, the company now has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal to fulfill this vision. The powerful support of experienced engineers from the European Space Agency and the German Space Agency is also significant.
Interestingly, the company has already built one factory. We are talking about a 3000 square meter facility located in Munich, which will soon be joined by another, even larger one. After joining forces, they will be able to produce hundreds of flying taxis per year to ensure enough for start-up services in 2025.
According to plans, as early as next year, the first passenger taxis from Germany can be put into service and as part of tests to fly over cities. In turn, in 2025, the ordering function will be available to customers in selected metropolises. Lilium plans to conquer the US market. Taxis are supposed to transport business passengers from New York JFK airport to lower Manhattan in just 5 minutes (currently it is 50 minutes).