The air taxi could be operating in Spain as early as 2024
Spain’s first fully autonomous air taxi, developed by Tecnalia, will be unveiled at the Expodronica fair, which is being held in Madrid on October 26, 27 and 28. The unique vehicle will be presented by UMILES, Spain’s first provider of remotely piloted aircraft services.
The companies have already applied for certification for the air taxi and are confident that it will be the first vertical take-off aircraft to fly across Spain carrying passengers. The prototype can transport loads of up to 15 kilograms and is capable of covering urban distances of up to 15 kilometres in approximately 15 minutes, travelling at a speed of around 90 kilometres per hour. With climate change and sustainable transport constantly on the agenda at the moment, the air taxi could be the way forward for city travel in Spain.
Tecnalia has insisted that their air taxi offers ultimate comfort. The aerodynamic cabin measures 1.8 metres by 2 metres and features a rear door and window, while the four drones based at the bottom of the aircraft ensure a smooth ride even in the most adverse weather conditions. Thanks to an advanced control system, these drones move independently but in coordination with each other, guaranteeing stability and precision.
Joseba Lasa, one of those responsible for the development of the aircraft, explained that the main novelty of the Tecnalia taxi is that it allows the cabin to maintain its own orientation regardless of speed, a clear advantage over conventional drones and current “air taxi” applications. This feature enhances the flight experience, creating a feeling similar to that of a car or bus.
The final product will be fully autonomous and will have precise take-off and landing capabilities in confined spaces, such as car parks.
It is expected that, depending on European legislation, this Spanish air taxi prototype may enter into operation in 2024.
Source: Murcia Today