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Officials plan to have services in place by 2025, with five pilots planned for each vehicle
The transport authorities in Rome have revealed plans for flying taxis, based on the same principles as drone traffic.
On Friday, Transport and Infrastructure Commissioner Francesco Micciche told a gathering of officials that he had ordered a study to be carried out by 2020.
Earlier this year, Uber announced a partnership with the mayor’s office in a bid to make flying taxis a reality, while the president of the Italian chapter of pilots’ union Aviolero, Giancarlo Bernabucci, earlier this month revealed the basis of plans for flying taxi services.
According to Bernabucci, the service would be based on the same principles as drones in terms of weight – 35kg (77lb) – and battery life, which would last four hours.
He said the service would involve five pilots in each helicopter, with users able to book online in advance.
As proposed for the project – which only aims to secure funding from the government, not planning permission – the vehicles would be independent of a pilot, which Bernabucci said would reduce the risk of pilot error when flying in rough conditions.
If successful, the company would be one of a slew of firms trying to take on the ambitions of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, who unveiled a prototype of a hyper-efficient vertical take-off and landing drone.