Flying Taxis Tested for First Time in Seoul City Center
According to the organizers of the event, these are the first tests of autonomous flying taxis, which took place over the center of the metropolis.
In Seoul, the first tests of concept flying taxis took place. According to The Korea Herald, the tests were carried out by the Chinese device EHang, which is capable of carrying two passengers and is equipped with an unmanned control system. During the tests, he was able to rise to a height of 50 m and fly about 1.8 kilometers. According to the organizers of the event, these are the first tests of autonomous flying taxis, which took place over the center of the metropolis.
The control and coordination of unmanned taxi flights are carried out using the K-drone system. South Korean engineers became the developers of this technology. With the help of it, several drones can be in the air at once. For example, during the tests, the system simultaneously coordinated the flight of a taxi and several mail drones.
Hyundai and Hanwha also demonstrated their developments in the field of flying taxis during the tests. As reported TASS, while they showed only mock-ups of future vehicles on a scale of 1: 3. The Koreans promised to present working concepts as early as 2022. Serial aircraft sales are scheduled for 2025. At the moment, both companies are developing aircraft for 5-6 passengers for large metropolitan areas, as well as their more capacious versions that will run between cities.
Recall that in September 2019, Hyundai announced the creation of a new division specializing in urban air transport. The company then noted that in the near future the air taxi service will become one of the most important transport systems that will reduce the load on the road network in the world's largest cities.
In early 2020, Hyundai teamed up with Uber to unveil a concept for a new mode of transport called UAM (Urban Air Mobility). Its main idea is to create a huge network of small sites for air transport in large cities, which will not have to stand in traffic jams. Self-driving cars will run between them, with the help of which it will be possible to quickly get to the house or back to the UAM station.