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A new [firm / form] of transport will be with us in the next few years - flying taxis. Many of us [grew / grown] up watching sci-fi movies with airborne taxis. Science fiction is now [become / becoming] science fact. The Japanese airline ANA has teamed [up / down] with a U.S. tech start-up called Joby Aviation. The two companies aim to start operating air taxis [to / at] the 2025 World Expo in Osaka. They are [currently / current] working together on building the [flying / fly] vehicle. They also need to work [out / up] what traffic rules the taxis will need to follow, and what kind of training flying taxi pilots will need. The five-seat, all-electric taxi will be able to take off and [earth / land] vertically. It will have a flight range of 241 kilometers and a top [speedy / speed] of 321kph.

Joby's CEO said the taxis would be [well / good] for the environment. He told reporters: "Joby exists to help people save [time / times] while reducing their carbon [footprint / imprint] . Japan offers us a spectacular opportunity to do just [those / that] with 92 per cent of the population living in [urban / after] areas, and Tokyo being one of the top 20 most [digested / congested] cities in the world." The president of ANA, Koji Shibata, was also [excited / excite] about the project. He said: "ANA has 70 years of experience delivering safe and [rely / reliable] flights to customers across the world....Being able to provide them with the option [for / to] travel rapidly, and sustainably, from an international airport to a [downtown / uptown] location is very appealing."

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