A step closer to flying cars? Israeli startup is developing a two-seater air taxi that can shuttle passengers through the skies at 155mph – and it could go on sale as early as 2024 

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  • Israeli startup, AIR, is developing a flying car that even non-pilots can fly
  • It will be available from 2024 and can travel over 100 miles on a single charge
  • It takes up to an hour to charge and can reach a maximum speed of 150mph. can zoom in
  • AIR is currently awaiting approval from the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)

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An Israeli startup has unveiled its first ‘easy-to-operate’ two-seater flying car, expected to be used to shuttle passengers through the city’s skies in early 2024.

The all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) aircraft will be sold primarily in the US, where the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has worked with developers AIR for two years to make licensing and regulations legal and safe.

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AIR officials say they expect approval for their AIR ONE vehicle, which is expected to cost ‘similar to a high-end road car’, by the end of 2023.

Very few details have been released about price and availability for the vehicle, which seats two and can travel up to 110 miles on a single charge.

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It will be sold to consumers who will be able to use its ‘fly by intent’ software, which will allow them to operate it in the air without trained, or licensed pilots.

An Israeli startup has unveiled its first ‘easy-to-operate’ two-seater flying car, expected to be used to shuttle passengers through the city’s skies in early 2024.

The all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) aircraft will be sold primarily in the US, where the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has worked with developers AIR for two years to make licensing and regulations legal and safe.

The all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) aircraft will be sold primarily in the US, where the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has worked with developers AIR for two years to make licensing and regulations legal and safe.

AIR ONE: FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Maximum speed: 155 mph

cruise speed: 100 mph

Category: 110 miles

maximum flight time: 1 Hour

Power: 771 hp

payload: 441 lb max

Belongings: H 22in W 14in D 9in

charge time: One hour

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AIR raised just under $10 million last year in seed funding, and is using the money to run a series of onboard test flights without pilots or passengers.

The firm is also building a series of full-size prototypes needed as part of the regulatory process for changes to be made prior to approval for rapid test-and-fly.

CEO Rani Platt says their focus is ‘entirely personal’, in contrast to smaller flying vehicle makers such as Hyundai and Joby Aviation, which focus on flying taxis.

A growing number of investors and airlines have piled into the hot but as-yet-accepted urban air mobility sector.

This is an area regulators such as the FAA, and even air traffic control organizations, specialize in, to become a major area in the coming decade, particularly for taxi travel.

Air taxi firm Joby Aviation has gone public through a merger with a blank-check company and Vertical Aerospace.

It has pre-orders for 1,000 EVTOL aircraft with launch customers Avalon and American Airlines.

NASA is currently testing the all-electric aircraft from Joby Aviation in Big Sur, Calif., to determine the ‘guidelines’ that may be needed for its real-world use.

This includes determining the amount of noise it is allowed to make in a city environment, how long it can operate, and how well it is expected to perform.

These tests will then return to the development process, as various firms seek to convert prototypes into vehicles for sale or license.

AIR raised just under $10 million in seed funding last year, and is using the money to run a series of test flights without pilots or passengers.

AIR raised just under $10 million in seed funding last year, and is using the money to run a series of test flights without pilots or passengers.

The firm is also building a series of full-size prototypes needed as part of the regulatory process for changes to be made prior to approval for rapid test-and-fly.

The firm is also building a series of full-size prototypes needed as part of the regulatory process for changes to be made prior to approval for rapid test-and-fly.

“We’re not talking about commercial flights, we’re talking about people using it because they use cars,” Platt said.

The US has a lot of open airspace making it the first suitable market for an AIR ONE. Platt said AIR expects demand to reach 15,000 vehicles annually.

AIR is currently raising additional funds to get it through the FAA certification process, but did not disclose how much.

According to AIR, ‘During 4 years of development and testing, we have proven that our measured results match the calculated and simulated performance in full-scale prototypes.’

Take-off for air taxis! NASA is testing an electric plane that takes off and descends vertically – and could shuttle passengers at 200mph in busy cities by 2024

NASA is testing a new electric plane that can take off and land vertically in the hope that by 2024 it will be able to carry passengers at speeds of up to 200 mph in busy cities.

According to a NASA team working in Big Sur, Calif., the Joby Aviation Vehicle could one day serve as an air taxi service, adding an alternative means of transportation for people and goods in cities and surrounding areas.

The all-electrical ‘flying taxi’ can take off and land vertically and is a helicopter powered by six rotors designed to remain as quiet as possible.

The 10-day study began on Sept. 1, and officials at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center will test its performance and acoustics.

The Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (EVTOL) vehicle is the first of several aircraft that will be tested as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) campaign to be approved for public use to find faster modes of transportation in the future. Can go

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