The use of the first air taxi from Airbus will start at the beginning of 20230

The so-called flying taxis can fly over cities before the end of the current year, and Airbus is among the companies that will compete with customers. The airline giant this week unveiled the latest version of its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) plane that could become its first flying taxi. With a sporty, sleek look, CityAirbus NextGen takes the best parts from its previous designs that including CityAirbus and Vhana demonstrators.

Airbus revealed its latest eVTOL aircraft in a video shared online this week. Notably, CityAirbus NextGen designers have worked to make the machine as quiet as possible, which is important if it makes regular flights including takeoffs and landings in populated areas.

The airline says the new air taxi keeps noise levels below 65 decibels during flight and less than 70 decibels during take-off and landing, making it quieter than a conventional helicopter.

Airbus CEO Bruno said in a statement that helicopters are just as important as the vehicle technology itself and that issues such as urban integration, public acceptance of flying taxi services, and automated air traffic management have prompted Airbus to carefully consider these areas as well.

The CityAirbus NextGen aircraft is currently in the design phase, with the first flight of a prototype planned for 2023. As a growing number of companies design and build their own flying taxis for urban transportation services, Airbus, with its long experience in aviation research and innovation, is certainly well-positioned to succeed in this field.

Ultimately, the decision to allow eVTOL urban air taxi services will fall to regulators, who need to be content with the safety of not only the aircraft but also the traffic control systems that support these services.

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