WATCH: ISRAELI EV FIRM SHOWCASES THE MOST VIABLE PERSONAL FLYING VEHICLE FOR SHORT, INTER-CITY COMMUTES

In its first maiden flight, an Israeli startup specializing in flying electric vehicles showcased the most viable personal flying vehicle, designed to fly commuters on short trips far above streets overcrowded with cars. The flying EV took an uncrewed flight as a part of the demonstration.

Given the significant advancements in drone technology, the test-phase journey may not initially seem unusual. Another airplane with propellers ascended vertically from the ground before accelerating in the sky.

But, according to the startup AIR, the people who designed the flying EV, their offering will be able to go up to 100 kilometers with two people onboard – a driver and a passenger. AIR and its international rivals wager that this form of travel will inevitably become the norm.

“This is a major milestone,” said CEO and co-founder Rani Plaut. “We have transitioned today to forward flight … bringing (closer) our dream of mass production of the AIR ONE.”

Before individuals can expect to fly through cities in little vehicles like these, there are still several substantial barriers to overcome, including developing rules and commercializing the technology.

AIR’s next test phase is with someone onboard, Plaut said. He hopes their electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft will hit the market at the end of 2024 at a base price of $150,000. Plaut said the average day-to-day speed would be about 100 mph (160 kph) at 1,200 feet (366 m).

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