TOULOUSE – 18 October 2017: Airbus is working to address urban and traffic congestion, which is becoming a more pressing issue for commuters in cities worldwide, through its newly announced project CityAirbus.
Through this project, the company aims at accelerating technological developments and public awareness of new Urban Air Mobility (UAM) transport modes.
CityAirbus is an electrically-powered Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle demonstrator for point-to-point transportation; according to Airbus, it is the concept of the air taxi of the future.
The multi-propeller platform is capable of carrying up to four passengers, and will initially be operated by a pilot for certification and market entry purposes
In time, CityAirbus is intended to be fully autonomous and self-piloted, once regulations are in place; it is developed for a low environmental footprint, cost-efficiency and high volume production.
The development will take place in two locations; namely Airbus Helicopters’ Donauwörth facility for the overall system and Ottobrunn/Munich for the electrical propulsion. Airbus has also launched a set of Air Mobility initiatives such as Skyways, Vahana and Voom.