Architects Foster + Partners has created a concept for a vertiport for vertical take-off and landing vehicles in Dubai, shown in this rendering.
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Dubai has long planned for a flying taxi service. The XPeng X2 electric flying car completed its first public test flight in Dubai at the Gitex technology expo in October 2022.
Chinese company XPeng Aeroht hopes to have a flying vehicle available for public use in small regulated urban areas within just five years.
The XPeng X2 is just one of dozens of flying cars currently in development. SkyDrive's single passenger flying car, designed to be a zero-emission flying craft, was also on display at Gitex 2022.
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Another air taxi in development is this vehicle from Chinese company Ehang. After several successful public test flights, it's hoped the Ehang 216 will be ready by 2025, when the Chinese government plans to have flying taxis in the air.
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Hoversurf's Drone Taxi prototype took its first test flight in 2021, and the company hopes to have it in city skies by 2025. Hoversurf is also working on plans for a Drone Ambulance.
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The German Volocopter 2X takes a different approach to the flying car challenge. Technically a multirotor electric helicopter, the vehicle is intended to act as an aerial taxi in built-up urban areas.
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The CityAirbus NextGen prototype is an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. What sets it apart from many other vehicles for urban flight is that it has room for four passengers rather than one or two.
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The Lilium Evtol Jet is designed to be a hovering minibus. It takes off vertically but cruises through the air on wings and uses electric jet propulsion.
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Israeli-founded company Eviation Aircraft has developed and successfully flown Alice, the world's first electric passenger aircraft intended for commuter travel.
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