ePlane company, a startup which originated at IIT Madras, has been working on a prototype of a flying taxi.
According to the startup, its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype has a range of over 200 kilometres on a single charge.
The company also asserts that the vehicle is 10 times faster than cars and that, if fully operational, the cost of a single journey for each passenger will be double that of a standard Uber cab for a similar distance.
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The taxi, which weighs about 200 kg and has a top speed of 200 kmph, can carry two passengers at once.
The company, ePlane, raised about $1 million (about Rs. 8 crores) to create the vehicle. The model is now piloted; autonomous technologies will eventually be available.
It now looks like you can ride in style and beat the traffic easily in the near future. It has to be noted that aerial taxis will of course cost more than regular taxis. Needless to say, the environment will also be impacted.
Do you think this could prove to be a viable mode of transportation? At the very least, no excuses for running late! Share your thoughts in the comment section.
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