DW reports (http://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-test-flying-taxis-in-ingolstadt-bavaria/a-44328390) that flying taxis will be tested in Ingolstadt, Germany, as part of a project backed by the German government, Audi and Airbus. Hamburg is also working on incorporating drones as a mode of transport.
Ingolstadt, which is also the home of Audi, will serve as a testing ground.
The representatives of the two companies, alongside Germany’s Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, the government’s commissioner for digitalization, Dorothee Bär, and Ingolstadt’s mayor, Christian Lösel, on 20 June signed a declaration of intent to develop flying taxis in the Bavarian city.
Airborne taxis have long been more than just a vision of the future, Scheuer said.
“They open completely new possibilities, including medical transport in cities and urban areas,” the minister added.
Audi and Airbus have already presented their flying car concept dubbed “Pop.Up Next” at the Geneva car show in March. However, the city of Ingolstadt said that it was “technologically open” about the project and had no set concept.