Daimler en Geely ondersteunen Volocopter om de vliegende taxiservice te starten


In its latest round of funding, Volocopter has been backed by Geely, the Chinese automotive group which manufactures Volvo and Lotus cars as well asLondon’s electric black cabs. It has also secured the support of German automotive giant Daimler, which is looking to invest in ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles and taxi services.

Volocopter raised a total of 50 million Euros (about $55 million) with an aim to bring its air taxi service to China. The company says it can use this money to launch a commercial flying taxi within three years. Given its reveal last month of itsfourth-generation eVTOL, or electric take-off and landing aircraft, it may well be able to meet its goal andbegin trials in Singaporelater this year.

The German company faces competition in the skies, however, from theKitty Hawk air taxi companybacked by Google co-founder Larry Page and from Uber which isworking on its own flying taxis.

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