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A few years from now, grabbing a taxi could mean taking to the skies.

Last week Dubai sent an air taxi on a five-minute test flight — its first unmanned flight over a city. The dronelike vehicle, designed by German aviation start-up Volocopter, features 18 electric-powered propellers and room for two passengers. It’s designed to fly at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour over distances of up to 20 miles.

The company hopes to make its air taxi a convenient travel option in Dubai within five years, and then across the world after that. And it promises to be as easy to hail as an Uber. “It will be integrated into your app just as if you’re choosing…a bus or a taxi,” says Florian Reuter, Volocopter’s CEO.

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Volocopter’s air taxis would be suited for quick trips across most cities.Volocopter

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https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/air-taxis-are-about-take-one-just-did-ncna807416

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