In the spring of 2017, the German company Lilium presented the amazing capabilities of its fully autonomous and electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, which is equipped with wings like a real jet and moves thanks to several dozen engines.
It is distinguished from the competition by a huge speed of up to 300 km / h and a range of 300 kilometers. The German startup believes that the future belongs to such inventions as their Lilium. In the video above, you can see what his next air test looked like.
This time, an electric flying taxi smoothly changes its flight direction to horizontal after a vertical take-off. The company ABOUT MUSICS of this achievement because, as it assures, it is one of the biggest challenges of similar projects and not all of them manage to overcome
This amazing design will definitely not end up in the trash. Why? He was supported by the heads of Twitter and Skype, and thanks to sponsors, the company now has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal to fulfill this vision. The powerful support of experienced engineers from the European Space Agency and the German Space Agency is also important here.
Interestingly, the company has already built one factory. We are talking about a facility with an area of 3,000 square meters located in Munich, which will soon be joined by another, even larger one. It will be built in Orlando, Florida. Lilium wants to build a whole network of ports for such sky taxis in Germany and the USA. They will transport customers between the largest metropolises at a staggering pace.
Factories in Europe and the United States will be able to produce hundreds of flying taxis annually to provide enough of them to start the service as early as 2025. According to the plans, as early as next year, the first passenger taxis from Germans may be put into use and fly over cities as part of the tests.
In turn, in 2025, the function of ordering them in selected metropolises is to be available to customers. Lilium plans to conquer the American market. Taxis are expected to transport business passengers from New York's JFK Airport to lower Manhattan in just 5 minutes (currently 50 minutes).