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Flying taxis will clear the roads of traffic jams - the first flight is already completed

There are already several companies in the world thatwant to create a flying taxi service. One of them is the German company Lilium Jet, which in 2016 announced its intention to create an electric aircraft with five passenger seats, which can easily cover long distances on one charge. Its prototype has already been created, and recently demonstrated its performance during a test flight. It is possible that the company will really reach its goal and start the service in 2025.

Taxi Lilium Jet is fully powered byelectrical energy, so it can not only clear the roads from traffic jams, but also help clean the air from harmful impurities. Its design consists of two fixed wings and several dozen jet engines. There are 12 fans on the front of the device, and 24 of them on the wings themselves. Jet engines can change their orientation - this feature provides both vertical and horizontal flight.

Developers assure that in cruise modeconstant-speed flight engines use only 10% of the maximum engine power. The maximum speed of the device will be 300 kilometers per hour, and the range of flight on one charge is about 300 kilometers. Thanks to all this, instead of 55 minutes by car from John F. Kennedy Airport to Manhattan, passengers will be able to fly through this route in just 5 minutes.

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The company recently published a video with the firstFlight Lilium Jet, which took place on May 4 in the vicinity of Munich. Of course, this cannot be called a full-fledged flight - it took off without pilots and passengers on board. Nevertheless, the company recognized this flight as a success - it will be the starting point for the next test.

Other companies, such as Airbus, previouslydemonstrated more impressive flights. For example, in early 2019, she conducted a test flight of a flying Vahana taxi — at an altitude of 64 meters, it reached a speed of 57 kilometers per hour. You can watch the video of this test in our material.

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