Lilium the German company announced on May 16 that they had successfully flown their five-seat taxi prototype. The prototype model should be able to fly at a top speed of 300 km / h. While the beginning of the commercialization is planned for 2025.
The flight took place on May 4, 2019, not far from the company premises in Munich. Since then, the Lilium Jet has started a series of tests that will allow it to obtain the necessary certifications to be allowed to fly. Lilium is planning to put its machine into service in several cities around the world “by 2025″. Thanks to orders placed via a dedicated application, customers will be able to benefit from journeys “at the same price as a taxi, but four times faster”.
The first takeoffs will be done with the help of pilots, it is expected that the aircraft will gradually become autonomous, like a drone.
This is not the first time that Lilium managed to fly a prototype of their flying taxis. In 2017, a two-seater model had already split the skies. A success that has allowed the company to improve its vehicle. “In less than two years, we have designed, built and successfully flown a plane that will serve as a model for mass production,” said Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s boss in a statement. “Going from two to five seats has always been our ambition.”
Since its creation in 2015, the German company has managed to raise more than 100 million euros from various investors like the Chinese giant Tencent. Lilium now employs more than 300 people.