Boeing just successfully tested its first electric flying air taxi
Flying air taxis could well be the solution to our traffic congestion woes, and if they are also electric, it would be like the quintessential cherry on the cake!
Now Boeing is taking personal air transport to the next level by introducing its first “personal air vehicle,” or PAV. It just completed its first successful takeoff, hovering, and landing, which tested the vehicle’s autonomous functions and ground control systems from an airport in Manassas, Virginia.
Powered by an electric propulsion system, the PAV prototype is designed for fully autonomous flight from takeoff to landing, with a range of up to 50 miles (80.47 kilometers). Measuring 30 feet long (9.14 meters) and 28 feet wide (8.53 meters), its advanced airframe integrates the propulsion and wing systems to achieve efficient hover and forward flight.