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Flying cars (finally) arriving by 2021?


Mash together drones, Uber, and driverless cars – hallmarks of our age – and you get flying autonomous taxis. Flying cars are almost a cliche in futuristic fiction, but have never been closer to reality.

Multiple companies are developing flying passenger vehicles, including Ehang, E-volo, Airbus AeroMobil, Lilium Aviation and yes, Uber.

Many of these ventures are looking to a 2020 or 2021 date for beginning commercial flying car/taxi operations in the U.S. Airbus' version, Vahana aims to test a prototype this year. Chinese company Ehang has more than 100 test flights under its belt and has already secured permits to begin flight tests in Nevada. Ehang commercial flights are expected to begin this year in Dubai.

Will flying taxis take off in the United States by 2021?

This question will resolve as positive if the first commercial (non-test) flight of an autonomous flying vehicle, carrying at least one passenger, occurs in the United States with full FAA approval on or before December 31, 2020. The passenger must be unaffiliated with the provider of the vehicle, and pay for the service.

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