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Driverless Hover-Taxis To Be On Streets In Singapore

Testing of a driverless hover-taxi will begin in Singapore in 2019, said a German aviation company. This is the latest innovation to provide an escape from monster traffic jams in Asia. A number of commuters in the area’s metros have to wrestle with chronic gridlock each day, triggering a race to design new methods to prevent the snarl-ups.

While the city-state of Singapore does not undergo from a major traffic, it is witnessed as an ideal test-bed for new techs owing to its openness to innovation and compact size. Volocopter, the German company, this week claimed that it will conduct flight testing in the H2 of next year in Singapore with the government support.

Similar to a helicopter, the electric air taxis from Volocopter lands and takes off vertically. They can fly two individuals for almost 30 kilometers and are based on drone tech, the company claimed to the media. The tests in Singapore follow a public exhibition last year in Dubai.

Speaking of driverless cars, founder of Baidu (Chinese internet giant) earlier claimed that autonomous vehicles will hit the streets of China within next 3–5 Years. Badu is one of the leading designers in the world for driverless vehicles.

That is a lot quicker than forecasted by information technology minister of China, who earlier claimed that it might only be a reality in 8–10 Years, mentioning limitations associated with security. “I am more hopeful than him, I believe it will arrive earlier,” claimed Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, claimed to the media on the sidelines of an advice-giving political meeting in Beijing.

Baidu, frequently dubbed as Google of China, controls the top search engine of the country and also spends a lot in services varying from payments of online to artificial intelligence and linked devices.