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Rolls-Royce"s flying taxi will begin test flights "by next year": Firm reveals new details on its 250mph prototype plane at Farnborough AirshowRolls-Royce has held a keynote presentation on its five-seater flying taxiThe hybrid vehicle will be able to fly distances of up to 500 miles (800...

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Rolls-Royce’s flying taxi will begin test flights ‘by next year’: Firm reveals new details on its 250mph prototype plane at Farnborough Airshow

  • Rolls-Royce has held a keynote presentation on its five-seater flying taxi
  • The hybrid vehicle will be able to fly distances of up to 500 miles (800 km)
  • Gas turbines will power the vertical take-off, …

Aerospace giant Rolls-Royce has unveiled its plans for a flying taxi, and a prototype will take to the skies next year

The advanced timeline from the firm comes after a presentation at the Farnborough Airshow, and the world-leader says it will be commercially viable by the early 2020s. Purportedly, the company has already invested several millions into the project

The Rolls-Royce presentation allowed the world-leading engineering company to showcase its aeronautical prowess. It claims flying taxis will revolutionise the way people travel

The concept Rolls-Royce flying vehicle uses its own M250 gas turbine technology to deliver around 500kW to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a low noise profile

The firm is now focusing on electronic and hybrid power for the flying taxi, which will use electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL)

The Derby-based aerospace experts already build engines for aeroplanes, helicopters, and ships and it claims that as well as a flying taxi, the vehicle could also be deployed for personal, cargo and military use

Aerospace giant Rolls-Royce has confirmed it is working on a flying taxi, and it could be ready by the early 2020s. The hybrid vehicle could transport five passengers at speeds of 250mph for up to 500 miles without being recharged

The concept uses gas turbine technology to power an electric battery and the wings are able to rotate 90 degree. Once it has reaches the right altitude, the propellers on the wing can be folded away, reducing drag and cabin noise

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing

Airbus Project Vahana prototype, branded Alpha One, successfully completed its maiden test flight in February 2018. The self-piloted helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five metres) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds

Rolls-Royce´s flying taxi concept is on display at the Farnborough International Airshow. The marquee event for Rolls-Royce will  last for the entire week

Kitty Hawk has unveiled a new version of its prototype 'Flyer' vehicle and it appears more polished than the electrical aircraft, resembling a jet ski, which was released last April

Kitty Hawk has already started conducting tests for its Cora flying taxi (pictured) in New Zealand, where it has confirmed it will eventually launch its commercial air taxi service

Cora (pictured above) has a total range of around 62 miles (100 km) and will eventually be summoned to customers using a smartphone app, akin to Uber

The self-piloting aircraft has a wing span of 36 feet (11 m) and is capable of ferrying 400lb (181kg) in passengers and cargo, the company claims

Kitty Hawk claims its Cora self-piloting aircraft 'has the potential to transform spaces like rooftops and parking lots into places to take off right from your neighborhood'. Pictured: Images of the prototype plane in the latest FAA application