certified cargo dronesThe evolution of aircraft shaping the future of flying

September 17, 2021by helo-10
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For decades, flying cars and visionary aircraft have fascinated us, with entertainment such as The JetsonsBack to the FutureBladerunner, and James Bond creating a fictionalized version of vehicles that can travel seamlessly on land and in the sky. 

But today, flying cars aren’t all cars. Instead, they diverge into a range of wildly different designs. But, it can be confusing as people often use the same names interchangeably. Let’s take a look: 

Air taxis

This term usually refers to commercial aircraft that make short on-demand flights. You might also hear it called aerial ridesharing. 

An example is Ubercopter, where (until they sold the business in 2020 to Joby Aviation) you could book a taxi between Manhattan and JFK International Airport. In Uber’s case, passengers with plenty of money could book a seamless, multimodal journey — including an Uber ride to and from the heliports — with just a few taps.

However, plenty of people use air taxis as an umbrella term for all that’s to come.

Understanding VTOL and eVOTL aircraft