Driverless hover-taxis to take off in Singapore
Millions of commuters in the region's cities have to contend with chronic gridlock every day, sparking a race to develop new ways to avoid snarl-ups.
While the developed city-state of Singapore does not suffer major congestion, it is seen as a perfect test-bed for new technologies due to its compact size and openness to innovation.
Resembling a helicopter, Volocopter 's electric air taxis take off and land vertically. They are based on drone technology and can fly two people for around 30 kilometers, the firm said in a statement.
The Singapore tests follow a public demonstration in Dubai last year.
"It is so quiet that at a flight height of 100 metres, it cannot be heard over the typical background noise of a city."
A company spokeswoman said the Volocopter can be controlled by a pilot using a joystick, or remotely from the ground.
Volocopter said they are getting ready to roll out their first fixed routes in cities and the hover-taxis will complement helicopter-hailing services which are already taking off in some cities to beat traffic jams.
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