Is This the Future of Taxis?

For some reason I’ve never been excited by drones. I have nothing against them, but they seem like the kind of thing you give someone as a present and they maybe use it once. That said, I do think drone racing is pretty awesome, and Amazon drone deliveries are fascinating.

But it wasn’t until recently that I heard about a drone idea that really got my juices flowing: A drone that can carry a human.

As I typed that, I realized, “Isn’t that just a helicopter?” And I guess it kind of is.

But in another way, it isn’t! Because it’s completely autonomous, and it requires a lot less horizontal space. You just climb in, enter your destination, and sit back to enjoy the (probably extremely loud) ride.

I just love the idea of using all the vertical air space that currently goes wasted due to our reliance on old-fashioned roads. It’s like if all of the shelves in your house were no more than 12 inches tall. There’s so much more we could be using! And by using it via small drones like this, short-distance travel becomes much more efficient.

I would definitely try out one of these if given the chance. Would you?


10 Responses to “Is This the Future of Taxis?”

  1. Nik says:

    Autonomous cars will energizing negate the need for a people delivery done. “Public transit” will become a whole other thing more efficient than anything we can currently imagine.

  2. T-Mac says:

    I wonder how long it’ll be before we can replace cars with these all together. Any idea how much a small drone like this costs?

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      I bet a lot of R&D went into this first model, so it’s probably incredibly expensive. But when mass-produced, I bet they could be around $10k.

  3. Joe Pilkus says:

    Jamey,

    So, I really like the idea…kinda like the idea of jet-packs in the 70s, but we’re much further along in drone-copter development. My 22 years in the Air Force prevent me from embracing the idea wholeheartedly until a LOT more testing is complete, but even then, I think I’ll stick to fixed-wing aircraft with a few more seats. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Joe

  4. Jasmin says:

    This is like a jetpack, but better! You don’t have to fly it and you can take naps during your travel from point A to point B. I’ll try it for a very short distance like from one end of Forest Park to the other end.

  5. Joe Pilkus says:

    Jasmine…Mmmmm, probably not napping 🙂

  6. Joe Pilkus says:

    Jasmin,

    I don’t disagree with you at all 🙂 I just know that I couldn’t do so…car, maybe, hovering over the ground…not so much.

    Cheers,
    Joe

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