Rolls Royce is Developing a Flying Taxi
Rolls-Royce has started developing a propulsion system for a flying taxi they want to launch by 2020. The British firm said it had drawn up plans for an “electric vertical take-off and landing” (EVTOL) vehicle, which could carry four to five people. The vehicle would be able to travel at the speed of 402 km/h for 500 miles.
Rob Watson, head of the company’s electrical team, said: “We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners.”
Rolls is not the first firm to plan for a flying vehicle. Airbus, Uber and Kitty Hawk, a company backed by the co-founder of Google, have all shared plans of making this science-fiction dream come true. The taxi would be able to use airports or helipads.
“We believe that given the work we are doing today to develop hybrid electric propulsion capabilities, this model could be available by the early to mid 2020s, provided that a viable commercial model for its introduction can be created,” the firm said.