🚕 Flying taxis are swooping in
Get ready to fly around your favorite city, an innovation expert claims.
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Valentina Contini is the founder of the innovation lab at Porsche Engineering, a Porsche subsidiary that develops technologies for vehicles of the future. She tells Inverse that future flying machines moving people around cities will be connected and autonomous. It could be faster than existing transport modes and cut down on two key pollutants: gas and noise.
“[It would be] electric vehicles that are flying above the city,” she says. “Inter-city or intra-city, depending on the technology that they use.”
Vertical-takeoff-and-landing, or VTOL, could be the technology that brings it to life. That means instead of using long runways to take off like a jet plane, these flying machines can take off and land on helipads, like those found on the top of buildings. That makes them ideal for congested cities where space is limited.