Cutting-edge flying taxis that can take off and land on the road like planes unveiled at US factory & they’ll go 200mph

FLYING taxis, which travel at speeds of 200mph, have been unveiled and will be built in a region with strong links to the aviation industry.

Joby Aviation Inc has partnered with the state of Ohio to begin testing taxis designed to transport passengers in the air.

Joby Aviation has partnered with the state of Ohio to produce and test air taxis


Joby Aviation has partnered with the state of Ohio to produce and test air taxisPhoto credit: AP
The air taxis seat up to four passengers, have a range of 100 miles and fly up to 200 miles per hour


The air taxis seat up to four passengers, have a range of 100 miles and fly up to 200 miles per hourPhoto credit: AP

The new air taxis will use air taxis as opposed to the traditional all-wheel drive configuration.

“When it comes to air taxis, this is the future,” Republican Gov. Mike DeWine told The Associated Press.

“We think this is very, very exciting – not only because of the direct and indirect jobs it will create, but like Intel, it is a signal to people that Ohio is looking to the future.”

“This is a big deal for us.”

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In total, the project cost the company $500 million, with the state providing $325 million in incentives.

The hope is that a new factory at Dayton International Airport will create 2,000 jobs in various fields.

The new air taxis are electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL), which are increasingly opening up a niche market as traffic density on the roads increases.

The taxis are designed to take off and land vertically, with the intention of taking people from rooftops and parking garages to their destination.

According to local NBC affiliate WLWT-TV, the plane will have a maximum range of 100 miles.

It is currently designed for the pilot and four passengers, with a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

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Joby Aviation will begin testing in Columbus, Ohio, the same city made famous by the Wright brothers for discovering flight.

The testing site at Dayton International Airport will cover 140 acres.

According to WLWT, it is the result of 20 years of government work.

“For a hundred years, the Dayton region has been a leader in aviation innovation,” said Republican Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted.

“But the acquisition of a major aircraft manufacturer has always escaped the local economy there. With this announcement, that ambition has been realized.”

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The convenient location next to the Air Force base and Air Force Research Laboratory Center is a sign that Ohio is serious about making the future a reality now.

Construction of the production facility will begin next year, and production of the new air taxis is scheduled to begin in 2025.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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