Airbus said Friday it’d successfully held the first test flights of the Vahana, a pilotless vehicle that it hopes will be capable to ferry people around cities. The Wednesday flight in a test range in the usa state of Oregon lasted just under one minute, with the aircraft raising up five metres from the ground and landing without control by an aviator, the European aerospace company said in a statement. Propelled by eight rotors which permit it to take off and land Vahana finished a second test flight on Thursday, and additional testing is slated, for example, forward flight.
The airplane, that Airbus has been developing for over 2 years, was designed to take one passenger and fly autonomously, according to its own site. Wahana seeks to democratise personal flight and answer the growing requirement for mobility by leveraging the most recent technology in electrical propulsion, energy storage, and machine vision, Airbus said in its statement. Autonomous driving technology has made considerable progress in latest years with high tech companies and automakers putting test cars on the roads, while a handful of inventors and start ups have developed flying automobiles.