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Drone taxis with no driver could take to UK’s skies in 2022 after first successful test

By Mark Ellis

An electric flying taxi was tested in Gloucestershire last month and now a consultation on the safety of the drone taxi has been launched.

Drones could be used as flying taxis in as few as four years, as companies prepare for a new transportation technology take-off.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has launched a consultation into rules for using small, electric-propelled, vertical take-off aircraft for passenger and cargo flights.

The move comes amid fast-advancing technological developments in the race to launch the first taxi-drones carrying up to five passengers, with a pilot on board or operated by remote control.

Last month, Bristol-based firm Vertical Aerospace successfully tested, for the first time in Britain, an electric flying taxi at an airfield in Gloucestershire and aims to fly commercial flights in four years.

Read More: Mirror.com.uk

Singapore flying taxi trial set to begin in the second half of 2019

By Holly Robertson

In a race to perfect driverless flying car technology that includes big-name firms Uber and Airbus, Singapore is set to begin test flights in the second half of 2019.

Volocopter, the company behind the Singapore project, said the drone-based vehicles would take to the skies in a series of “inner-urban flight tests” with the support of local authorities.

The German firm has already undertaken a one-off unmanned test in Dubai, and individuals have also flown in it in Germany.

In a statement announcing the next step toward flying passenger vehicles becoming a reality, Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter described Singapore as a “logical partner” in its efforts.

“The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development,” he said.

“We are confident this is another exciting step to make air taxi services a reality.”

Read More: ABC News 

Drone taxis could be in Australian skies ‘within three years’

Drone taxis could soon be a reality in Brisbane as entrepreneurs seek to attract trials and testing for “personal transport drones” as early as this year.

“We will have flying taxis hopefully in Queensland. We’re trying to attract a couple of companies to do their trial and testing this year,” Drone entrepreneur Dr Catherine Ball told 7 News.

Read More: Yahoo News