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Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a flying taxi? Airbus looks to revolutionise the daily commute

The daily commute is a grind for millions of people around the world, whether it is into Manhattan, Tokyo or along the E11 from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

But a radical solution of the kind you’d normally expect to see in a sci-fi movie could be on the horizon courtesy of Airbus.

It revealed in its "Future of urban mobility: My kind of flyover" report that it is trying to create an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport. In other words, a flying taxi.


Flight tests of the first vehicle prototype are slated for the end of 2017.

"Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there," said Rodin Lyasoff, project executive of A3 - Airbus Group’s innovation unit.

The project is known as Vahana, and will need reliable sense-and-avoid technology, which is currently being introduced in cars by tech firms such as Google.

http://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/dubai-to-abu-dhabi-in-a-flying-taxi-airbus-looks-to-revolutionise-the-daily-commute
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Airbus Previews its 'Vahana' Self-Flying Air Taxi

A couple months after the first details about Airbus's autonomously piloted aircraft program emerged, the French company has provided a better insight into its Vahana project

Vahana is currently being developed by A³ (pronounced A-cubed), the Silicon Valley based advanced projects outpost of Airbus. The company intends on flying a full-size prototype before the end of 2017 and to then present a productionzable demonstrator by 2020.

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#AirBerlin Airbus A320-214 SL D-ABNY #AB8003 landing Berlin Tegel Airport #avgeek #A320SL
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INCREDIBLE CROSSWIND LANDING| Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300 at Perth Airport
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PRESS RELEASE: Airbus Corporate Jets wins new ACJ320neo order
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This Day in Aviation History
October 1st, 1942
First flight Bell P-59 Airacomet.
 
The Bell P-59 Airacomet was a twin jet engined fighter aircraft, the first for the USA, designed and built by Bell Aircraft during World War II. The United States Army Air Force was not impressed by its performance and cancelled the contract when fewer than half of the aircraft ordered had been produced. Although no P-59s went into combat, it paved the way for another design generation of U.S. turbojet-powered aircraft and was the first turbojet fighter to have its turbojet engine and air inlet nacelles integrated within the main fuselage....
 
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