Boeing Self-Flying Taxi Company Takes Test Flight

Wisk Aero plane takes off vertically and can fly at speeds up to 135 mph at 4,000 feet

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

July 28, 2023

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A Wisk Aero plane takes to the air

Boeing subsidiary Wisk Aero conducted a demonstration flight of its fully, self-flying electric aerial vehicle (EAV).

The vertical takeoff vehicle, which seats four people, has a fixed wingspan of 50 feet and cruises up to 4,000 feet above ground at speeds up to 135 mph.

The plane is self-flying “with human oversight,” according to the company.

Early last year, Boeing invested $450 million in Wisk and recently acquired the startup, making it a Boeing subsidiary. 

The demonstration flight transitioned from hovering to wing-borne flight multiple times and included 360-degree turns in place.

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“We’re proud to demonstrate the autonomous technology behind our self-flying first approach,” said Brian Yutko, CEO of Wisk. “This demonstration showcases the state of readiness for autonomous technology and electric propulsion. Combined with the progress we’re making on type certification for our sixth-generation air taxi, we’re proving that autonomy is possible and it’s happening today. We look forward to launching the first passenger service on an all-electric, autonomous air taxi within this decade.”

Wisk recently announced a partnership with Japan Airlines to provide flying taxis to Japan.

Related:Boeing Invests $450M in Self-Flying Air Taxis

Wisk is among the highest-funded EAV companies.

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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