From The Jetsons to Harry Potter , flying cars are a staple feature in many science fiction films and TV programmes.
But flying vehicles are slowly but surely becoming a reality, with one being tested over Germany this week.
Lilium, a tech startup based in Munich, has released new footage of its flying taxi taking to the skies over Germany.
The vehicle, called the Lilium Jet, is the world’s first five-seater, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing jet.
It's powered by 36 all-electric jet engines, meaning it has zero operating emissions, and requires less than 10% of its maximum 2,000 horespower during horizontal flight.
Lilium claims that the aircraft can fly at speeds of over 60 miles/hour, and will be able to complete journeys of up to 186 miles on a single charge.
While this isn’t the flying taxi’s maiden voyage, this is the first time that the aircraft has transitioned from vertical flight to level flight – a manoeuvre consider to be one of aerospace’s greatest challenges.
The test flight comes shortly after Lilium completed its first dedicated manufacturing facility in Munich.
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