German-based Volocopter reckons a commercial service power by its electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft could be ready to go before 2020.
The Co-founder and CIO Alex Zosel at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin said;”We think that in two or three years we’ll have the first commercial applications somewhere in the world with our service,”. “This is not so far away,” he added. “I believe firmly the first commercial application is a point to point solution over a bottleneck somewhere where you have a lot of congestions or you have a river or something else. And you have some aircrafts — like 10 or 20 aircrafts — travelling indicate point and shuttling people… This will come really fast.”
Also speaking on the -panel was Yann de Vries of Atomico, which invests in the rival Lilium VTOL electric aeroplanes. He painted an image of Volocopter a flying car revolutionizing flexibility by collapsing city to city distance via a network of rapid hops. “Within 15 min, with Lilium, you will be within a 70km radius. So think about all the options these offers,” he advised, adding: “You can never do this with a car, despite having autonomous vehicles, with all the traffic on the roads.”
“Here you can create a high speed, mesh network of 300km each hour links to any point that’s required, right. The utilization circumstance is your land from London into JFK and then you can be in Manhattan.. significantly less than 10mins later.”
de Vries couldn’t put a timeline on his collection company getting its flying taxis up in the environment commercially but also advised it’s going to be sooner rather than later. Or, as he puts it: “many years, not decades”. Regarding the landing spots, He said; that in the beginning at least, flying car companies will be able to leverage existing helipads — saying that in the US 90 percent of the population is within a 15 min of an existing pad, the best eyesight for the tech remains for it to force a “mass transportation market”.