Basically planes that fly themselves are closer to being a real thing!
Boeing successfully completed the first test of its prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle, the company announced Wednesday. The test, which took place Tuesday in Manassas, Virginia, included takeoff, hover and landing, but the vehicle did not fly forward.
The prototype is powered by an electric propulsion system and has a range of up to 50 miles. The vehicle is 30 feet long and 28 feet wide.
Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, the company's subsidiary that is developing the autonomous flying vehicles, said in a statement that the group "will unlock the potential of the urban air mobility market."
Boeing is not the only one trying to provide on-demand air vehicles. Bell Helicopters, a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate Textron, is also working on a similar product! So the race to the sky has started!