Volocopter begins pre-sale for its first flights by air taxi – with a waiting time of 2-3 years – TechCrunch


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If your sad-looking technological mantra is “we were promised flying cars and all we had were these Internet shitty trolls” never be afraid, Berlin-based autonomous air mobility startup, Volocopter; wants to revive your sci-fi dreams.

It has just launched pre-sales for passengers on its next electric air taxi service, VoloCity – although there is no data on when exactly (or where) the commercial service will launch. But if you shop for one of the 1,000 pre-launch reservations available – which marks “VoloFirst” * – you can expect a future flight of up to 15 minutes, within 12 months of the commercial launch of the service, when and where it will be.

“Services will start in 2-3 years,” a Volocopter spokeswoman told us. “Cities are not yet defined, since it is not clear which of the numerous cities in which we are in contact for the business principle will run.”

The price for the limited edition joyride – which will include a video of your trip and a “limited edition, custom certificate” – is € 300 (~ $ 355).

Volocopter notes that tickets can be reserved with a 10% deposit.

“Based on our public flight tests and regulatory performance record, we have paved the way for making the electric flight in common cities in a few years. With the beginning of the reservations, we now invite our supporters and innovators from around the world. they are here to join and be among the first to experience this new and exciting form of mobility, ”said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter in a statement of support.

“While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we have a detailed realistic timeline for launching VoloCity commercial flights in the next 2-3 years,” added Christian Bauer, Volocopter’s commercial head, in another, also noting that the VoloFirst ticket buyers will be able to get the latest updates on their progress and business launch plan.

Reservations for VoloFirst flights are available via the Volocopter Booking Platform.

The German startup made its first flight equipped with a purely electric multicopter in 2011, and has continued to demonstrate numerous public flights with its large-scale aircraft – including public test flights in Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 and world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight to Dubai in 2017.

The company raised its Series C financing to $ 94M earlier this year, bringing its total proceeds to about $ 132M.

It is one of the many flying taxi startups struggling to get commercial service off the ground. Others include EHang, Lilium and Airbus with its Vahana VTOL.

* Volocopter does not guarantee ‘VoloFirst’ travel buyers first public users of the air taxi service – rather say that these first birds will have “among the first” advantage rights


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