在布里斯托尔静静静地任务了两年以后，Vertical Aerospace从在一个集装箱内创业的6个员工生长到了30个工程师，包含从空中客车和劳斯莱斯那挖来的工程师。Vertical Aerospace正在与Uber、德国始创公司Lilium、空中客车(Airbus)和劳斯莱斯展开竞争。客岁，Lilium初次测试了其飞翔汽车;美国打车办事公司Uber一向在议论它的Elevate飞翔出租车概念;7月份，劳斯莱斯在范堡罗国际航空航天展览会上推出了本身的eVTOL原型机。与Uber筹划在城市内供给空中出租车办事不合，Vertical Aerospace公司CEO和开创人斯蒂芬·菲茨帕特里克(Stephen Fitzpatrick)筹划在城市之间飞翔，从而与长途飞机和火车展开竞争。
Britain launches its first electric flying taxi at a speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour.
September 10, according to foreign media reports, the UK launched the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flying taxi, made by technology start-up Vertical Aerospace.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Bristol, Vertical Aerospace has become the first British company to manufacture and test electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) taxis. This kind of flying taxis may completely change the way of short distance flight and reduce carbon emissions. The electric taxi, equipped with four rotors and capable of carrying two to four passengers, flies 93 miles (150 kilometers) with a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.
After working quietly in Bristol for two years, Vertical Aerospace grew from six employees working in a container to 30 engineers, including engineers dug from Airbus and Rolls-Royce. Vertical Aerospace is competing with Uber, German startup Lilium, Airbus and Rolls-Royce. Last year, Lilium first tested its flying car; Uber, an American taxi service, has been talking about its Elevate flying taxi concept; and in July, Rolls-Royce unveiled its eVTOL prototype at the Farnborough International Aerospace Exhibition. Unlike Uber's plan to provide air taxi services in cities, Vertical Aerospace CEO and founder Stephen Fitzpatrick plan to fly between cities to compete with short-haul planes and trains.
Although the electric taxi has successfully completed its first short-haul test flight, there are still many problems to be solved, such as magnetic field interference and heat problems, Vertical Aerospace says the final product will look very different from the prototype in the video. In addition, there are many regulatory hurdles to overcome, which means that the electric flying taxi will not be commercially available for at least the next four years. In the first phase of development, the flying taxi is expected to fly 100 to 150 kilometers, that is, from London to Bristol or from Glasgow to Aberdeen. In the second phase of development, the flying distance of the taxi will double, from Cambridge to Paris. In the third stage of development, the flying taxi will develop into a "flying taxi" for automatic driving.
Fitzpatrick stressed that it was not clear how long it would take to develop the technology and meet regulatory requirements. The first eVTOL planes are planned to use existing, approved technology and are manned, so they will not face long-term regulatory approval, but the fully automated version will face long-term regulatory approval.（文来源：飞翔汽车feiauto）www.otoche.com