Volocopter long-range taxi drone completes its first test flights

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Unmanned taxi Volocopter one step closer to enlistment. The German company has disclosed that its four-seat electric VTOL aircraft VoloConnect made its first flight in May. The car’s initial ride was short at two minutes and 14 seconds, but the maneuvers proved that production-level aerodynamics and performance stood up to the test in real-world conditions. So far there have been three flights.

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A range of 60 miles and a flight speed of 155 miles per hour may not sound like much. However, autonomous suburban flights are promised outside of major urban centers – it was possible to fly to a business meeting from the suburbs. VoloConnect effectively complements VoloCitya shorter range eVTOL aircraft designed exclusively for urban travel.

VoloConnect is expected to serve customers starting in 2026, two years after VoloCity’s planned rollout in 2024. Although it is relatively far away, the Volocopter is unique in that it has several air taxis conducting real-world flight tests. The company is closer to real commuter travel than competitors, many of which one model or indefinite lifetime.

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.


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