If your sad tech mantra is, “We were promised flying cars and all we got were those shitty internet trolls,” never fear, Volocopter, a Berlin-based autonomous air mobility startup, wants to revive your science fiction dreams.
Advance booking for travel on the upcoming VoloCity electric air taxi service has just begun – although there is no exact date (or where) the commercial service will start. However, if you choose to make one of the 1,000 available pre-launch reservations called “VoloFirst” *, you can look forward to a future flight of up to 15 minutes within 12 months of the service’s commercial launch, when and wherever that will be.
“The services will start in 2-3 years,”
The price for the limited edition joyride, which includes a video of your trip and a “personalized limited edition certificate”, is € 300.
Volocopter advises that tickets can be reserved with a 10% deposit.
“Based on our public test flights and the track record, we have paved the way for making electric flights together in cities in just a few years. With reservations starting, we are now inviting our supporters and innovators around the world to join us and be one of the first to experience this new and exciting form of mobility, ”said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, in a supportive statement.
“While the final certification for air taxis is pending, we have a detailed realistic schedule for the start of commercial VoloCity flights in the next 2-3 years,” added Christian Bauer, Volocopter’s Chief Commercial Officer, in another, noting the VoloFirst -Ticket next buyers can get the latest updates on progress and commercial launch plan.
Reservations for the VoloFirst flights are possible via the Volocopter reservation platform.
The German startup undertook the first manned flight of a purely electric multicopter back in 2011 and demonstrated numerous public flights with its large aircraft – including public test flights in Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 and the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai in 2017.
The company increased its Series C funding round to $ 94 million earlier this year, bringing the total to approximately $ 132 million.
It is one of several flying taxi startups trying to get a commercial service up and running. Others are EHang, Lilium and Airbus with its Vahana VTOL.
* Volocopter does not guarantee that ‘VoloFirst’ travel buyers will first public users of the air taxi service – rather, it means that these early risers will have “among the first” bragging rights