Following the tests of the Lilium Jet flying taxi held in October, the aero car developers shared new details about their offspring. At the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, the company's commercial director Remo Gerber named the key advantages of the new product over ground-based counterparts and announced the expected launch dates for the first urban flights in Europe.
According to Gerber, Lilium is currently certifying flying taxis in Europe and the United States. According to preliminary calculations, in 16 large cities at the start of the project, at least 100 landing routes can be created. At the same time, in comparison with traditional cars, air taxi will have a number of competitive advantages. In particular, the car is not limited in its movement by roads and routes, and if necessary, the route can be quickly changed.
The speed of the Lilium Jet will reach 300 kilometers per hour, and at the same time, a flying taxi can take on board up to 4 people - this will allow people to settle far from cities, without losing a lot of time to get to work. The cost of the flight has not yet been announced, but the developers are confident that it will be relatively low.
Thanks to the capabilities of vertical take-off and landing, carriers will be able to significantly save on the runway and other infrastructure. In addition, electric motors operate very quietly and do not produce harmful exhausts - it will be possible to equip landing sites almost anywhere.
Gerber noted that he dreams of living closer to nature and that many people will want to leave stuffy cities. An air taxi will contribute to the solution of these problems, which, according to his estimates, will fly into the air no later than 2025.