A new form transport will be us in the next few years - flying taxis. Many us grew up watching sci-fi movies airborne taxis. Science fiction is now becoming science fact. The Japanese airline ANA has teamed with a U.S. tech start-up called Joby Aviation. The two companies aim to start operating air taxis the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. They are currently working together building the flying vehicle. They also need to work out what traffic rules the taxis will need to follow, and what kind training flying taxi pilots will need. The five-seat, all-electric taxi will be able to take off and land vertically. It will have a flight range 241 kilometers and a top speed 321kph.
Joby's CEO said the taxis would be good the environment. He told reporters: "Joby exists to help people save time while reducing their carbon footprint. Japan offers us a spectacular opportunity to do just that 92 per cent the population living urban areas, and Tokyo being one the top 20 most congested cities the world." The president of ANA, Koji Shibata, was also excited the project. He said: "ANA has 70 years experience delivering safe and reliable flights to customers the world....Being able to provide them the option to travel rapidly, and sustainably, an international airport to a downtown location is very appealing."