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  A German startup is using its futuristic aircraft for a flying taxi service in 2018 by Danielle Muoio on Apr 5, 2017, 5:40 PM Advertisement

A German startup is making serious moves to make futuristic, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts a reality in a commercial setting. VTOLs are exactly what they sound like — aircrafts that can take off vertically without needing a runway. The German startup, e-volo, has been working on its VTOL since 2011. But several other contenders have entered the space as of late, like Uber, Airbus, and Zee.Aero, a startup funded by Google co-founder Larry Page. E-Volo has finalized its multicopter, called the Volocopter 2X, and will begin trialing the aircraft for a flying taxi service in 2018. Here’s what you need to know:SEE ALSO: 38 of the most hilariously awful texts people have gotten from their crazy neighbors

The electric aircraft can fit two and comes with 18 rotors, allowing it to fly through the air extremely quietly. It can both take off and land vertically using a simple joystick.




The Volocopter 2X can recharge in 40 minutes using a fast charger.




And it can reach a top speed of 62 mph for a limited amount of time.



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