Passenger drones (also called air taxis, eVTOLs, flying cars, etc) refer to all drones which have been designed for the transport of people. So far, most of the 200+ concepts of passenger drones are focused on urban transport of people via drones. However, there are ideas and reasoning for also exploring such use cases in rural areas. There is still a long way to go in terms of producing platforms for such services and operating them, including technological and regulatory hurdles that must be overcome.
Drones which will carry humans will face a much tougher certification process, alike to that which current aerial people carriers go through. Meanwhile, regulators are beginning to debate what responsible yet permissive legislation in this field should look like national aviation authorities begin to catch up to technological advancements in the commercial drone industry.
Since 2020, several passenger drone companies have started making major headlines, especially by entering stock markets. This was particularly the case with Joby, Archer, and Lilium. Our products and services within this field are tailored to helping you be an early entrant to the passenger drone market, be it by being up to date with the latest news or by introducing a new solution yourself.
One important aspect of this part of the industry is its direct overlap with aviation and transport of people. For this reason, the topic of drone regulation plays a major role more than any other sector of the drone industry. This also means that the difference between countries and their approach to regulation will play a major role for years to come.