Germany's Lilium says successfully tests 'flying taxi' prototype

Danny Woods
April 21, 2017

The Lilium Jet takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter, but uses wingpower once in the air to travel quietly and efficiently.

The Lilium Jet is here to change the way transport works thanks to totally zero emissions electric powered flight. A five seater is now in development with plans to offer a taxi style service but with flights.

Celebrating the landmark moment, Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand said: "Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our incredible team".

You can find out more details about the Lilium Jet at the link below, it certainly looks impressive from the video.

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The video below shows the Eagle taking to the air for the first time.

Lilium says that once in flight, the efficiency of its prototype is comparable to an electric auto. Carmaker Lilium today tested its all-electric VTOL jet for the first time ever. Once the aircraft has reached the proper height, it slowly tilts its flaps to a horizontal position, at which point the craft can move forward. The trick lies in its electric jet engines. The same sort of safety measures protect the batteries and there's even a system to stop the pilot pushing the Jet beyond safe limits when flying. Lilium also marked the occasion by announcing a new 5-seater design, which it envisions will be used for on-demand flying taxi and ride-sharing services in the future.

Startup Lilium tests all-electric flying auto, Lilium Jet. That could get you from Manhattan to JFK airport in just five minutes, compared to a 55 minute auto ride. Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page launched two startups working on VTOL electric aircraft.

With Lilium's latest accomplishment, the field is starting to get interesting.

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