The skies of Singapore are set to buzz with their first air taxis in 2019, when Volocopter starts its inner-urban flight tests.
The German company’s tests — scheduled for the latter half of the year — will assess its EVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles’ suitability for the city and plan to end the tests with public demo flights.
The drone-like Volocopters can fly two people nearly 19 miles (just short of 30 km) and can’t be heard over the usual noise of a city, the company said.
“We are getting ready to start implementing the first fixed routes in cities,” Florian Reuter, Volocopter’s CEO, said in a statement. “Singapore is a logical partner: The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development.”
Volocopter performed a public unmanned test flight in Dubai last fall and numerous others in Germany.
However, it isn’t the only company looking take over the urban skies. Uber, its own EVTOL-based transport network, off the ground in as little as two years. Airbus has by 2020.