Although it is not surprising to speak of a flying taxi in 2021, it is still difficult to imagine yourself in such a vehicle. Patrick Ky, Managing Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), has just made an interesting announcement at a press conference. The latter explains: “I think that the commercial use of flying taxis can start in 2024 or 2025.”
Taking a flying taxi back from the evening like an Uber should therefore, in the best case, be possible from 2024. Many companies like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Ehang and precisely Uber are working in this direction. Certain markets, especially in Asia, are particularly far ahead. Ehang, the main Chinese manufacturer in this field, validated its first public test almost a year ago. At the same time, Japan can count on companies like Skydrive to make flying cars a part of everyday life by 2023.
A promising market
To return to Europe, EASA stated at the same press conference that the urban air mobility market in the old continent could reach 4.2 billion by 2030. This area of activity is also likely to create a little less than 100,000 jobs. EASA estimates that the European market will account for 31% of the world market.
Before that, you will find in the list of the few main manufacturers that they are not Europeans. Like Volocopter, a German startup, Europe also has talent in this area. Volocopter expects the Paris Olympics in 2024 to launch its planes for demonstrations. The Olympic Games are an excellent showcase for the whole earth. Flying taxis will have developed significantly by 2024, according to Patrick Ky.
In a first study, at least 600 people in 6 different cities (Barcelona, Budapest, Hamburg, Milan, Oresund and Paris) were interviewed to find out more about society’s view of this progress. The results obtained are particularly encouraging, as 83% of those surveyed have a positive opinion on urban air mobility and 71% would even be willing to get into a flying taxi. And you ?