Taxi drones are the future – or is it? Countless companies big and small all over the world have their own taxi drone prototypes. From Boeing, Airbus, and Uber, everyone wants a piece of the action. These massive transports can carry 2-4 people, depending on the design, and fly them to their destinations. The Vahana may be next in line.
Taxi Drone and Destination
These taxi drones are autonomous, which means it can drive itself without needing a driver. The driverless feature is great, as it removes the excess weight of an extra person onboard. During the past couple of years alone, several companies showcased their ‘prototype’ designs to the public. These taxi drones resemble helicopters rather than the small quadcopters we know. Its design however fits a drone’s description. Multiple smaller rotors to power its direction (unlike a helicopter’s one massive rotor on top) as well as an autonomous system make them an upgrade over helicopters.
Vahana Taxi Drone
Recently, Airbus gave a demonstration on their latest taxi drone prototype: the Vahana. This one looks very impressive. Physically, it has a similar body to a helicopter’s, but with eight smaller rotors front and back. It has landing gear as well, meaning like the helicopter, it is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The Vahana only has one seat in its body however, limiting the room for passengers wanting a ride.
A Futuristic Look
The taxi drone designs however are still far away from becoming available everywhere. Most of them are still on their experimental phases, where they are still improving flight time as well as overall features. Time frame for these taxi drones to come near you is still about five to ten years away. For now, we still have to rely on our feet, as well as the old-fashioned land vehicles we have come to know and love through the years.