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Will flying taxis take off in Singapore? Many issues may arise but there's an upside to being the first

Issues from commercial viability to safety may arise, but being the first has its benefits

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A flying taxi went for a public test spin in the Marina Bay area on Tuesday for 21/2 minutes, making history in the Republic's ambition to own the smart mobility narrative. But is there room in tiny Singapore for air taxis to take off?

One can imagine the theoretical convenience of zipping from the west to the east of Singapore in less than 10 minutes in the air.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2019, with the headline Will flying taxis take off in Singapore? Many issues may arise but there's an upside to being the first. Subscribe