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Rolls-Royce confirms it's building a Back to the Future-style flying taxi

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has confirmed it's working on a flying taxi, which could be set to launch in the early 2020s. The Back To The Future-style vehicle will be capable of both vertical take-off and landing, bypassing the need for a runway. The hybrid flying taxi will transport five passengers at speeds of 250mph (402 km/h) for up to 500 miles (800 km), the company said. Rolls-Royce believes its upcoming vehicle will fly paying customers over congested roads from early next decade. The company is entering a crowded market, with dozens of other firms already working on autonomous flying vehicles, including Airbus, ride-hailing company Uber, and a range of new start-ups, including one backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, known as Kitty Hawk.


Rolls-Royce confirms a Back to the Future-style flying taxi

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Rolls-Royce has confirmed it's working on a flying taxi, which could be set to launch in the early 2020s. The Back To The Future-style vehicle will be capable of both vertical take-off and landing, bypassing the need for a runway. The hybrid flying taxi will transport five passengers at speeds of 250mph (402 km/h) for up to 500 miles (800 km), the company said. Rolls-Royce believes its upcoming vehicle will fly paying customers over congested roads from early next decade. The company is entering a crowded market, with dozens of other firms already working on autonomous flying vehicles, including Airbus, ride-hailing company Uber, and a range of new start-ups, including one backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, known as Kitty Hawk.


Electric-powered 'air taxis' that fly at almost 200mph could be picking up passengers in four years

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Electric-powered taxis that can fly at almost 200mph (320kmh) could be picking up passengers in just four years, according to a British firm. The inter-city'flying taxi' service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights carrying multiple passengers using piloted aircraft, according to the founder of Bristol-based flying company Vertical Aerospace. Since its inception in 2016, the firm has hired 28 veteran aerospace and technical experts from Airbus, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Martin Jetpack and General Electric. Founder Stephen Fitzpatrick, who is a one-time Formula 1 racing team owner, said his new venture will apply lessons from F1 racing to build the electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The inter-city'flying taxi' service could offer short-haul, inter-city flights carrying multiple passengers using piloted aircraft, according to the founder of Bristol-based flying company Vertical Aerospace The battery-powered vehicle has a range of 93 miles (150km) with a top speed of 186mph (300kmh), with a more powerful model set to carry people 500 miles (800 km), which means it could easily take passengers to Paris and back.


Flying taxi start-ups Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk get $2 million in funding from the US military

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Flying taxi start-ups Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk are being bankrolled by the US military. The rival companies, which are currently leading the race to build the first self-flying taxis to take to the skies, received $2 million (£1.5 million) in funding from the military last year. The funds, which were not disclosed at the time, were provided by the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a Pentagon-backed organisation founded to help the US military make faster use of emerging technologies. But despite the involvement of the armed forces, there will be'no weapons' added to the autonomous flying vehicles, it has been confirmed. Joby Aviation received $970,000 (£730,890) in funding from the DIUx in January last year, while Kitty Hawk was bankrolled $1 million (£753,495) a few months later, government contracting sites uncovered by The Guardian reveal.


The latest company to join the race for flying cars: Rolls-Royce

Washington Post - Technology News

Autonomous vehicles have only just begun to navigate our streets and already the world's innovators are setting their sights on the next big transportation trend. Uber plans to create a network of flying taxis in Dubai and the Dallas area by the year 2020. Kitty Hawk -- a flying car startup created by Google cofounder Larry Page -- is already offering test flights to potential customers. The vehicle could carry as many as five passengers at speeds up to 250 miles per hour for approximately 500 miles, according to Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce said the vehicle could be airborne as soon as the early 2020s, but the company said it plans to create a vehicle prototype within the next 18 months.