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Porsche Flying Taxi Is Reportedly Being Considered

Porsche Flying Taxi Is Reportedly Being Considered

Reuters/Michael BuholzerPorsche claims that they can also build flying taxis to compete with other automobile companies.

A future sky filled with flying cars may not be too far off from becoming a reality if Porsche Sales Chief Detlev von Platen's recent statements to German enthusiast and industry magazine Automobilwoche are any indication of the vehicle company's future plans.

The venture would put Porsche alongside a slew of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a major shift in the transport market - the most notable of which is Uber, who is hoping to revolutionise the taxi industry with hovercars. Although it sounds like Porsche may still be in the very early stages of conceptualizing the vehicle. That auto starts at $187,000 and can be optioned with $13,000 magnesium wheels.

Conventional cars are set to be replaced with self-driving vehicles that can be shared via ride-hailing apps.

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The magazine adds that Porsche's flying auto plans involve providing passengers with some kind of control over the operation of the vehicle but they wouldn't need a pilot's license since most of the car's functions would be autonomous.

Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler (DAIGn.DE), Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US -based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.

Meanwhile, in January, Volocopter and Workhorse showed off their flying vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And far from some far-fledged R&D initiative created to garner headlines, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently said that flying taxis may only be 5-10 years away. But, many regulations and logistical considerations stand in the way of flying taxis.


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