Jetpacks, flying cars and taxi drones: transport’s future is in the skies – Reuters

December 18, 2021 by No Comments

SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – (This Dec. 3 story corrects speed of Wisk vehicle and company ownership in paras 4 and 6)

Paramedics with jetpacks, border police in flying cars and city workers commuting by drone all sound like science fiction – but the concepts are part of a advanced air mobility (AAM) market that is expected to be worth as much as $17 billion by 2025.

As urbanisation leaves city streets congested and advances in technology allow for vehicles considered impossible just decades ago, using the sky for small-scale aircraft has become increasingly attractive.

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“We can’t continue to use road transport; 3D mobility is really important,” Anna Kominik, Asia Pacific Director at Wisk, said in an interview broadcast on Thursday at the Reuters Next conference.

Wisk, a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Kitty Hawk Corp., has been testing Cora, an autonomous electric aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter, at its base in Tekapo, New Zealand, for four years.

Wisk is liaising with regulators, including the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, to get approval for public use of …….



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