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  • A battery-powered five-seater aircraft prototype, that Lilium hopes to bring into service by 2025.

    A battery-powered five-seater aircraft prototype, that Lilium hopes to bring into service by 2025. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 May 2019

An all-electric, pilotless taxi may be your ride to the airport, developers say.

The world’s first self-flying air taxi is set to hit runways in 2025, the German startup Lilium announced Thursday.

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An all-electric, pilotless taxi may be your ride to the airport, developers said after unveiling their creation this week when the prototype launched a successful maiden flight.

"While a maiden flight is always a moment of truth for a business, the jet performed exactly as expected and responded well," the Bavaria-based company’s head flight director, Leandro Bigarella, said.

The sleek, modern, egg-shaped vehicle runs completely on a powerful battery charge and, with its 36 electric motors, is capable of zooming through the air at 3,300 km in 60 minutes.

Although various models of “flying taxis” have been introduced in the past, this is the first 5-seater to hit the skies. It’s helicopter style allows for mobility in all directions.

Lilium’s co-founder and chief executive, Daniel Weigand, said, "Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travelers."


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