It all sounded like sci-fi when Airbus first announced its plans to develop a self-flying taxi, now it is a reality! The team have successfully flown their autonomous air taxi dubbed “Alpha One” for the first time.
The Vahana team created Alpha One as a single-passenger electric vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) self-piloted vehicle. The company’s ultimate goal is to build an autonomous passenger drone network, similar to the fleet of self-driving cars set to launch by several automobile makers.
While fully self-piloted the drow flew to about 16feet above the ground for 53 seconds.
The company will likely conduct several more Alpha One test flights over the coming weeks and months, further refining their design to allow for longer flight times and a higher maximum height.