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World’s first’ flying 4-seat taxi unveiled where you can travel by road or sky

THE “world’s first” flying taxi has been unveiled and passengers could be using its services in just five years.

AM NEXT is the second hybrid model from Slovakian firm AeroMobil, and it comprises of half supercar and half light aircraft.

It takes less than three minutes to transform between modes, according to reports.

The company hopes commuters using its proposed hail-and-ride service will save a “significant” amount of time when travelling distances of between 100 and 500 miles.

It claims passengers will be able to enjoy “door-to-door single-seat convenience and comfort, to work, rest, play, or just enjoy the view”.

As yet though, no details are available as to the cost of the flying taxi or the prices prospective users will be charged

The AM NEXT is a follow-up to AeroMobil’s flying car, which was unveiled in June 2017 at the International Paris Air Show held at Paris–Le Bourget Airport.

That model was designed as a two-seater luxury personal vehicle that can fly up to 223mph.On the road, it has a top speed of 99mph.

It comes with a hefty price tag of between €1.2million-€1.5m (£1m-1.26m) and owners have to have a pilot’s license to be able to fly it.The specifications of the AM NEXT have not yet been revealed.

Patrick Hessel, CEO of AeroMobil, said: “We are excited to announce the second revolutionary model of AeroMobil’s true flying car

“Following AM4.0, the world’s first production flying car, AM NEXT will disrupt and democratise the regional travel market. 

“It will provide a better, and in many cases previously unavailable, solution to trips in the 100-500 mile range.”

AeroMobil estimates the market for the ride-hailing service to be worth around £53billion in North America alone.

Hessel added: “AeroMobil will leverage AM4.0’s proof of concept of engineering and regulation, and its premium branding, into AM NEXT’s mass-market aerial ride-hailing service.

“Coinciding with the announcement of AM NEXT, we are touring the prototype 2-seater AM4.0 flying car in the United States, with public viewing and with private appointments for investors, buyers and operators.”

AeroMobil said its flying car technology can utilise existing infrastructure, including more than 10,000 landing strips in the US and complies with existing automotive and aviation regulations.

It also claims it has a significantly greater range than eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) craft.

AeroMobil’s vehicles have been developed over more than 10 years by a team of engineers and designers from high-end car makers BMW, Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes Benz and Ferrari.

Experts from aerospace leaders including Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Airbus, and Diamond Aircraft, among others, have also been involved.


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