A recent study on the public perception of air taxis commissioned by Horizon Aircraft — who are something of air taxi pioneers — found that 82% of people surveyed in India said they accept and will use air taxis.
According to Horizon Aircraft, they commissioned market research company Pure Profile in April 2021, to interview 1,001 adults aged 18-plus in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, UK, and the US with equal numbers interviewed in each country.
The sample size (about 100 people in each market by their information) appears to be modest but if their findings within this sample size bear out across a larger demographic, the news would be encouraging for the industry.
The study in 10 countries across North America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia found 65% of adults will fly in electric vertical take and landing (eVTOL) air taxis once they are approved by regulators in their own country while 61% would use them in other countries where regulators have approved them. People in the UAE (87%) and India (82%) are the most likely to try air taxis once they are approved in their country while South Africans (88%) are the most positive about other countries.
About 16% said they would not fly in air taxis if they are approved in their home country while one in five (20%) are unsure. (The figures are similar for using air taxis in other countries with 18% definitely opposed and 21% unsure.)
Predictably, topmost of all concerns among prospective passengers is safety. Safety and pilot training are the biggest concerns ahead of worries about cost and comfort.
In the survey, three out of four (76%) of those surveyed saying worries about eVTOL safety would be the biggest deterrent for using air taxis while 69% would want reassurances about the training of pilots.
Less than half (47%) would be worried about the cost of flights while only 38% say comfort during flights would be a concern and 43% are worried about the environmental impact.
Astro Aerospace is the developer of this technology of autonomous, short haul, eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aerial vehicles. Horizon Aircraft, the aerospace engineering company developed the Cavorite X5, the world’s first eVTOL.
A cool feature of Cavorite X5 is an additional layer of safety. If the pilot goes too slow or has to go in and out of the “vertiport”, the wings open up and it turns into a helicopter that can stop in mid-air and then land and reverse.
The table below shows views in different countries on whether they would be happy to fly in eVTOLs once they are approved in their home country and in other countries.
|COUNTRY||HAPPY TO USE eVTOLs IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY||HAPPY TO USE eVTOLs IN ANOTHER COUNTRY|
Brandon Robinson, CEO and co-founder of Horizon Aircraft said: “There is strong support for the concept of air taxis and the eVTOL market in general worldwide, people are keen to use the aircraft. The challenge for the industry is designing aircraft which are commercially viable and… meet the highest standards of safety to meet passenger expectations.”
Geeks will like the obligatory cool video that explains how the eVTOL works.