The much-promised and anticipated dream of having your own flying car may soon be coming to a garage near you. This flying car made its debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and everyone is whirling with excitement.
…..The company’s German partner, Volocopter, flew its 18-rotor air taxi for the first time on U.S. soil Monday night at Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s CES 2018 keynote event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Volocopter VC200 is essentially a large drone that people can sit in, but the company hopes the oversized drone will soon start offering autonomous air taxi rides. Imagine pulling out your phone and, instead of requesting an Uber or Lyft, you summon a giant drone to come sweep you away and deliver you to your destination.
Right now, the Volocopter can manage a flight time of 30 minutes and a maximum range of 17 miles, though they say the batteries can be quickly replaced to go farther until the tech improves.
Though not exactly the first flying taxi on the block, Volocopter’s partnership with Intel will no doubt put some air beneath its wings. The company also currently has a partnership with the transit authority in Dubai to test its air taxis and hopes to launch a commercial pilot program in the early 2020s.
The Volocopter was Intel’s most eye-catching achievement, but the tech company also debuted a number of other products and services as part of a comprehensive look at what data can accomplish.