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Travel like the Jetsons

A model of the CityAirbus demonstrator at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva last month.
Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum trying out Volocopter's flying taxi last September. PHOTO: REUTERS
Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum trying out Volocopter's flying taxi last September.
A model of the CityAirbus demonstrator at the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva last month. PHOTO: REUTERS
The Ehang 184 drone taxi is a single-seater electric aircraft that can be piloted remotely from a control centre.
The Ehang 184 drone taxi is a single-seater electric aircraft that can be piloted remotely from a control centre.PHOTO: EHANG

More than a dozen well-funded European, US and Chinese firms are in the race to create a new form of urban transport that is a cross between a driverless electric car, a drone and a short-haul, vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

Here are some companies which have made headlines with their visions of what personal mobility would look like in the near future:

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'Travel like the Jetsons'. Print Edition | Subscribe