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Munich-based Lilium claims its electric jets will be fully operational by 2025.

A flying taxi that you can order through an app? This German company plans to make that a reality in the next six years.

Munich-based startup Lilium unveiled its five-seater electric air taxi prototype on Thursday. The Lilium Jet, which conducted its first flight earlier this month, is part of an app-based flying taxi service that the company expects will be “fully-operational in various cities around the world by 2025.”

The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 60 minutes on a single charge, and will connect cities through a network of landing pads. Commuters will be able to book rides from their nearest landing pad through a smartphone app.


“Today we are taking another huge step towards making urban air mobility a reality,” Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand said in a statement. “We dream of a world where anyone can fly wherever they want, whenever they want.”

In making that dream a reality, the German company will find itself up against some of the biggest names in the business — including the world’s top ride hailing firm.Uber (UBER) is partnering with NASA with the goal of launching a flying taxi network by 2023.

Other big name that are working on flying cars include Boeing (BA) and Rolls Royce (RYCEF).



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