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Air taxi concept is taking off

Via The Royal Gazette |


 

Being developed: a design rendering of the AirisOne vehicle, an autonomous air taxi that can carry up to five passengers (Image supplied)
 

Being developed: a design rendering of the AirisOne vehicle, an autonomous air taxi that can carry up to five passengers (Image supplied)

A flying taxi is being developed by a company led by Bermuda�s John Narraway. Design details have been revealed and work is under way to create a scaled, working prototype to take to the sky, possibly as early as this summer.

Airis Aerospace has designed an all-electric, five-seat aircraft that takes off and lands vertically. The company hopes that with sufficient funding from investors its AirisOne vehicle can reach the market by 2025.

Mr Narraway has a background in new technologies, and is consultant for emerging technologies at the Bermuda Business Development Agency.

AirisOne has been in development since the second half of last year after peer-to-peer ride-sharing company Uber announced its Elevate flying car programme. Uber plans to have an aerial taxi service by 2020. Around the world there are about 20 companies developing flying car plans, including Boeing, Airbus, and a number of small start-ups.

In Bermuda, Airis Aerospace has an office on Cedar Avenue, while its design centre is in Duluth, Minnesota. It is designing the AirisOne with a view to participating in ride-sharing air taxi programmes.

For the first time in the history of aviation, the various technologies required to make eVTOL [electric vertical take-off and landing] a reality are converging into a safe, viable and efficient combination, said Mr Narraway, co-founder and chief executive officer of Airis.

The industry is poised to accelerate exponentially from here and we are pleased to be at the pioneering stage for this new and exciting mode of urban transportation.

 


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