Transportation hasn’t really evolved since the introduction of cars and airplanes but, startup Joby Aviation is about to change that. Coming soon, Joby's flying taxi services will be available around the world.
How Joby got certification for flying taxi services
In a momentous move, Joby Aviation has now been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This is a major step forward for Joby as it's the first step towards commercialising these air taxis in the near future.
Joby's FAA certification was awarded a few weeks ago on May 19. The flying taxi company was able to pass its part 135 certificate “after they completed the five-phase certification process. Joby only has one aircraft on the certificate, a CIRRUS-SR22. This means that future iterations of the vehicle will have to be resubmitted before they're allowed to fly.
Unlike flying car prototypes like AirCar, Joby Aviation's air taxis are essentially huge drones. While flying car convertibles are in the works by other companies, this is seemingly the easiest way of affordable, electric air travel.
Now that they have the FAA certificate, Joby is hoping to introduce air taxis to the public by launching the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) service by 2024. Considering how they’ve gone through some of the legal work, it looks like air taxis could end up being commercially available after all.
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In theory, it would be nice to ride on air taxis in order to avoid roadside traffic and arrive at destinationdestinations quicker than usual. However, Joby has had numerous controversies with air taxis resulting in a number of accidents.
Back in February, the company made headlines after a prototype vehicle crashed. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. However, the incident did n result in some loss of in Joby and the air taxis.
To be fair, Joby has announced that they’re in the process of getting more pilots for the eVTOL. Hopefully, the company can fix everything by the time it becomes commercialized.