Make no mistake — compact, quiet, and emissions-free aircraft that can take off and land vertically are on their way to our cities. German firm Lilium is one of a growing number of companies that are developing such an eVTOL aircraft, and this week it unveiled its latest design. The super-sleek piloted aircraft has seven seats and a cruising speed of 175 mph. A range of around 150 miles means it can be used not only for short trips within urban areas but also for much longer trips between cities. Indeed, Lilium is eyeing 14 cities in Florida for its first air taxi service that could launch as early as 2024. It's also in talks to launch a service connecting cities across Europe. The company told Digital Trends last year that to use the service , "customers would book a shuttle flight much like they would book a ride-hailing taxi ride today." The aircraft is powered by a series of small, specially designed electric jet engines integrated into the wing flaps. According to Lilium, the technology offers advantages in payload and aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a lower noise profile. "Our vision is to create a sustainable and accessible mode… Read full this story
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