World's first five seater self-flying taxi unveiled

The device is equipped with 36 all-electric jet engines allowing it to take-off and land vertically


Tech Desk May 18, 2019
Lilium has unveiled the electric self-flying taxi that can seat up to five people. PHOTO: LILIUM

German startup, Lilium has unveiled the electric self-flying taxi that can seat up to five people. While only the prototype was revealed, the taxi finally completed its first test flight in which it soared and landed on the ground, earlier this month.

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The device is equipped with 36 all-electric jet engines allowing it to take-off and land vertically and can travel up to 300km in just 60 minutes. Lilium claims that the air taxi is capable of flying for one hour when fully charged.

Previously, many other companies have tested self-flying taxis that seat only two people at maximum, Lilium becomes the first company to reveal one which can accommodate five people.

"Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travellers,” said Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and chief executive of Lilium told BBC.

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The German company hopes to widely produce air taxis by mid-2020s.

This story originally appeared on BBC.

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