Rolls-Royce's flying taxi will begin test flights 'by next year'

Daily Mail - Science & tech 

Rolls-Royce has revealed more details around its plans to launch a five-seater flying taxi, and confirmed that a prototype vehicle will take to the skies next year. The timeline for the launch was announced during a keynote presentation at the Farnborough Airshow, in Hampshire, earlier today. Rolls-Royce expects the taxi to be operational within the next three to five years. The aerospace company has purportedly ploughed millions into the development of the vehicle, which has cost Rolls-Royce in the'single-digit millions of pounds', according to Phys.org. The hybrid-electric vehicle will be capable of both vertical take-off and landing, bypassing the need for a runway.