Well the CityAirbus Taxi is a vertical take-off and landing craft that uses a four rotor design. It would be able to take up to four passengers on short flights in dense urban areas. The focus would be to connect major transportation hubs including train stations and airports.
Here is the crazy part while flying in the air. CityAirbus is designed to be pilot operated at launch, but to eventually transition to being a fully autonomous vehicle once the tech catches up.
“The CityAirbus Taxi is aiming to operate the craft along fixed, predetermined routes, with top air speeds of around 80 mph. They’ll be able to skip over the traffic that can dramatically increase travel times entering and exiting busy city transit points, which would theoretically also help alleviate ground congestion.
Short hop flights are also an ideal application of battery electric tech, since that’s all that vehicles will be able to manage using fully electric power sources in the near-term. Plus, battery unit swapping or autonomous dock charging could help make it easier to make these vehicles fully self-flying in the future.”