According to Jyotiraditya Skindia, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scinda announced that drone rules will make it possible for air taxis to use the airspace as an alternative to roads in the coming days. During a press conference, the minister stated that air taxis are being developed and researched globally. Many startups are also emerging.
“That time is near when taxis such as Uber and others that you see on the roads will be visible in the air under the drone policy. He said that he believes this is possible.
Minister said that the Defence Ministry (Home Ministry) and BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security), had been working together to ensure that “counter-rogue drone technology” could be quickly developed and adopted.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation issued a notification on August 25. It reduced the number of forms required to operate drones from 25 to 5, and decreased the fees from operators from 72 to 4.
In related news, Hyundai Motor Co and General Motors Co announced in June this year that the two are pushing forward with the development of flying cars. According to the South Korean company, they are optimistic that the air-taxi service will be operational by 2025. A GM executive stated that it would take until 2030 for technical and regulatory hurdles to be overcome in order to start commercial operations.
A number of startups are developing zero-emission aircrafts that can take off and land vertically and can transport passengers and cargo. However, they still have a long way to go before they become profitable.
Jose Munoz, the global chief operating officer of Hyundai, stated that Hyundai has surpassed its earlier-stated timeline for rolling out air-mobility cars in an interview broadcast Monday at the Reuters Events Car of the Future conference.