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Volocopter is the future of green city travel
0833 GMT (1633 HKT) June 7, 2019
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The Volocopter might look like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie ... but the future is closer than you think.
The emission-free vehicle will be released in cities around the world as early as next year, including Dubai, Singapore and Germany.
The Volocopter is described by the German company as the first manned, fully electric and safe
in the world.
In simple terms, it's an eco-friendly flying taxi!
Designed to bypass the worst traffic in some of the world's biggest cities, the Volocopter will initially be able to transport passengers 27 kilometers.
Based on drone technology, it will be able to carry two passengers and the company hopes within 10 years it will transport 100,000 people every hour.
Eventually, the Volocopter will become fully autonomous, which will greatly reduce cost and make it just as cheap as a regular taxi, the company says.
It was recently on display in Berlin at the Greentech festival, an event designed to showcase the technology and possibilities of a greener future.
The festival is the brainchild of former Formula One world champions Nico Rosberg, who has taken to life after F1 as an eco warrior.
"It's not in 10 years' time, it's at the end of next year that it will be commercialized," the German tells CNN's Supercharged.
"It's just phenomenal because this is going to revolutionize the way we move and it's going to decongest cities as well because we can quite easily use the airspace much more."
The Volocopters will drop off and pick up passengers and swap batteries in 'Volo-Hubs' and 'Volo-Ports.
The Volocopter is based on drone technology and the batteries will be swapped by robots before continuing each journey.
"It's cool, it's sustainable, it's most of the time even cheaper, so it's here to stay and I really hope we all learn to embrace," Rosberg says.