Germany based start-up Lilium has completed a test flight of its prototype 2-seater jet over Bavarian skies and announced that it is developing a 5-seater jet that will be designed for on-demand air taxi and ridesharing services.
According to the company, its 2-seater Eagle prototype performed a range of complex maneuvers during the test flight, including mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.
Lilium said: “We will see businesses spring up around the Lilium Jet, offering air taxi services and other new models of transportation. Lilium passengers of tomorrow are the people using ride-hailing and car sharing apps today, not private jets.”
Founded in 2014 by four graduates from the Technical University of Munich, Lilium is backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom.
Its potential rivals include Airbus, Slovakian firm AeroMobil and crowd-funded eVolo, Reuters reported.
Airbus, a manufacturer of commercial airliners and helicopters, plans to test a prototype self-piloted, single-seat “flying car” later this year. This article is from the CBROnline archive: some formatting and images may not be present.
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