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Fair­go­ers were abuzz over a pi­lot­less “air taxi” on dis­play at Daim­ler’s stand, an all-elec­tric, 18-ro­tor craft cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment with Volo­copter.

This in­no­va­tive ur­ban air taxi ser­vice aims to give ev­ery­one ac­cess to ver­ti­cal ur­ban mo­bil­ity, an idea that is gain­ing in sig­nif­i­cance given grow­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion and sub­stan­tial tech­no­log­i­cal progress in the ar­eas of con­nec­tiv­ity, sen­sors, electrics/ bat­ter­ies, and drone de­vel­op­ment.

On-de­mand ur­ban air trans­port could play a fu­ture role in tak­ing the pres­sure off in­ner-city roads while pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive, aerial op­tion. Volo­copter has the po­ten­tial to pro­vide an at­trac­tive ad­di­tional means of trans­port, es­pe­cially in ur­ban ar­eas. With its all-elec­tric 18-ro­tor pow­er­train, Volo­copter of­fers emis­sion­free, low-noise, and in­ner-ur­ban trans­port and, in the medium term, au­to­mated aerial mo­bil­ity.

Both manned and un­manned ver­sions of the Volo­copter are planned. The Volo­copter 2X for one to two peo­ple is al­ready un­der de­vel­op­ment, while a four-seater is also be­ing con­sid­ered.

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