Imagine this in Bangkok: Video reveals new flying taxi set to take to the skies by 2020


A flying taxi that can soar over rush hour traffic has taken another step closer to becoming a reality.

Airbus has shared video footage of its new autonomous passenger drone making its maiden flight.

The 53 second test shows the electric aircraft hovering to a height of 16 feet before returning to the ground at Pendleton in Oregon.

The aim of the test was to show the aircraft, called Alpha One, is able to take off and land vertically, before upcoming tests will show its ability to transition into flight.

Alpha One is the creation of A3, a Silicon Valley based division of Airbus, which aims to create passenger aircraft capable of completing short trips across congested cities.

Alpha One is capable of cruising at about 125 mph and has a range of around 30 miles. A production ready version of the aircraft could be ready within two years.

Airbus has said it envisions a future where travelers use a smartphone app to summon a flying taxi such as Alpha One.

Once the taxi is airborne it would fly to a nearby landing pad where the passenger boards.

It would then be able to calculate the best route to the passenger’s destination automatically avoiding birds, buildings and other obstacles on the way.


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