Aerospace company Airbus has unveiled it's new flying taxi built to fly in noise-sensitive urban areas.
Heavily based on Airbus’s past eVTOL concepts, the zero-emission CityAirbus NextGen has two main focuses: running quietly and covering short distances quickly.
Closely resembling a helicopter with its fixed set of wings and V-shaped tale, the aircraft is powered by a unique propulsion system that features eight propellers - six on the wing, two on the tale.
The eVTOL can carry four passengers, be remotely piloted, and fly up to 80 km (50 miles) at a speed of 120 km/hour (74.5 mi/hour), according to Airbus. Noise reduction is a key feature of the plane, which features sound levels less than 65 dBa during fly-overs and below 70 dBa during landing.
"We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into the cities while addressing environmental and social concerns. Airbus is convinced that the real challenges are as much about urban integration, public acceptance, and automated air traffic management, as about vehicle technology and business models. We build on all of the capabilities to deliver a safe, sustainable, and fully integrated service to society," said Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even.
CityAirbus is in the design stage of development and the prototype's first flight is planned for 2023 with certification expected for 2025.