Taxi drones are the inevitable heir to the throne of transportation. With land vehicles dominating the past century, the next step in their evolution is to take to the skies. While of course, planes and helicopters are available for public use, it is not as personalized as your own car.
Taxi Drone Chase
The perks of a private car is just that – private – where sharing the ride with strangers is not mandatory. Indeed, in these modern times, privacy is something that is very hard to come by. One encounters people daily on commutes, where strangers can easily peek through your phone while you are using it. Having your own car, where you and only you are in control of the luggage, destinations, and even radio, can be invaluable.
A vast number of companies worldwide have started pursuing this ‘dream vehicle’. An autonomous taxi drone that can lift one or two people to their destinations would be groundbreaking. From big companies like Airbus and Intel, to even Facebook and Porsche, everyone wants to be in the game. Smaller upstart companies throw their name on the race as well.
Lift Aircraft Hexa
While not the taxi drone everyone has been waiting for, the creators at Lift Aircraft may have the next step towards it. The US-based company has a drone-inspired ride that can carry a person from point A to B easily. The Lift Aircraft’s Hexa carrier is a multirotor device that can lift an average person’s weight. It has 18 rotors that help propel the transport into the air – and keep it afloat for short trips. The Hexa looks basically like a pod with many small spinning rotors at the top. Think of it as a simplified helicopter; in that it is more lightweight, smaller in size, and can only fit one person inside.
The Hexa can fly to a maximum of 15 minutes, which is not much when we are talking about travel. For taxi drones, the main goal is hours upon hours of flight to be competitive with traditional rides. The one thing Hexa does have is that it can fly, giving an unobstructed path to destinations.