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Flying taxis to take off in UK by 2026


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The first flying taxi could take off in the UK by 2026 and become a regular sight in our skies two years later, if a government announcement goes to plan, BBC reported.

The Future of Flight action plan, developed with the aerospace industry, also says drones and other flying vehicles will become more autonomous.

It predicts that the first pilotless flying taxi will take off in 2030.

But experts say infrastructure needs to improve for this to become a reality for potential passengers.

“From flying taxis to emergency service drones, we’re making sure the UK is at the forefront of this dramatic shift in transportation—improving people’s lives and boosting the economy,” Aviation and Technology Minister Anthony Browne said.

Some of the uses of unmanned drones include transporting medical supplies, delivering mail in rural areas, and tracking down criminals on the run.

Their use is still in its early stages, but the plan suggests drone deliveries will be commonplace by 2027.

The Department of Transport also plans to allow drones to fly beyond their visual line of sight, meaning the person controlling the drone cannot see it in the air.