Flying taxis will be a reality in India by next year, Anand Mahindra shared details

Flying Taxis: Anand Mahindra unveiled India's upcoming flying taxi at X. IIT Madras's e-plane has a range of 200 km, 200 kg payload, vertical take-off/landing, altitude of 0.5-2.0 km and a speed of 200 km per hour.

May 13, 2024 - 18:52
Flying taxis will be a reality in India by next year, Anand Mahindra shared details

Flying taxis have been seen as the height of technological advancement for decades. This could become a reality in India in 2025. Mahindra & Mahindra Chairperson, Anand Mahindra revealed the details of India's first flying taxi on his handle on social media X. It has been developed by a company incubated at IIT Madras.

Mahindra has released images and more information regarding the next electric aircraft. This electric taxi can take off and land vertically (vertical take-off/landing) and has a range of up to 200 km. In addition, the payload capacity of these e-planes will be 200 kg. It will be able to comfortably accommodate two passengers at once in this way.

While additional information is still kept private. The business is still hard at work getting everything ready. According to the company's initial claims, these flying taxis would operate between 0.5 and 2.0 km in altitude and reach speeds of up to 200 km/h. They will arrive at their destination far more quickly in this manner than the cars rushing along the road.

The fares for these taxis are expected to be double that of the street taxis that we frequently use in cities. However, it will take only 10 minutes to cover a distance of 10 km, which is not possible with a road vehicle.

The prototype is a promising first step, however. But there is still a lot of work to be done before we see these electric taxis running in Indian airspace. Regulation and infrastructure development will be critical for safe and efficient operations. Nevertheless, the company says that once the company has a larger operational fleet, fares will be at par with any app-based taxi.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer