Flying robot taxis could be available sooner than you think with one country already in their second phase of testing the air service.
The transport ministry in South Korea has already begun testing unmanned air taxi’s – with six tested so far in the outskirts of Seoul.
According to reports, the country is looking to launch the service as early as 2025.
In the next stage, the transport ministry will test the flying robot taxis in the city of Seoul where the population is dense.
The Chinese-made “Blade-Runner-style” drones weigh around 650kg, reports Metro.
However, South Korea is said to be developing their own “K-drone traffic management system.”
By 2030, the country also hopes to create air taxi terminals and the drones will be used fir 18 to 30 mile trips.
South Korea will create the mode of transport alongside buses and the subway system.
Testing carried out yesterday did not transport passengers due to safety regulations, however, 70kg of rice was placed on the seats.
The vehicle can fly for up to 30 minutes currently, and contains an electric battery.
Bill Choi, Ehang’s Asia business head, the Chinese company behind the development of the taxi said the drones have already been used in Chna for deliveries, firefighting and tourism purposes, reports The Star.
Flying robot taxis resemble helicopters according to Seo Jeong Seok, deputy director at the newly created department overseeing drones in South Korea’s transport ministry.
At the start of the year, Hyundai showed off its flying taxi which it says will zip Uber customers across cities at speeds of up to 180 mph in just three years’ time.
The electric plane, which the two companies have dubbed “Uberdai”, will eventually be unmanned, but for now, will have a pilot and transport a maximum of four passengers.
At the time, Uber announced it will launch its first swarm of flying cars in the US and Australia in 2023.
Melbourne, Dallas and Las Vegas are the cities in the pipeline for the trial.