GERMANY - First 5-Seat Self-Flying Taxi

Arno Froese

Lilium said the prototype had its first test flight, in which it took off, hovered, then landed again.

It said the craft, which is electric powered, is capable of travelling up to 300km in just 60 minutes.

A number of other firms have tested self-flying taxis, but none seats more than two people.

Daniel Wiegand, co-founder and chief executive of Lilium, said: “Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travelers.”

The taxi is powered by 36 electric motors that allow it to take-off and land vertically.

Lilium said it was capable of flying for one hour on a single charge.

It will now undergo more tests, the next goal being to make it move from vertical to horizontal flight.

Lilium says it hopes to go into mass production by the mid 2020s.

Airbus, ride hailing firm Uber and a range of start-ups have been testing self flying taxis.

Advocates say the vehicles could enhance urban mobility and cut pollution., 16 May 2019

Arno's commentary

What was totally unthinkable a century ago can now be read in the news media on a daily basis. Many of us, particularly of the older generation, ask the question: “What next?”

Here we are reminded of Exodus 31, where God imbued certain people to be creative artists: “And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship” (verses 3-5). That was for a specific purpose: the building of the tabernacle as God’s residence. Today, man looks in a different direction; namely, self. Faster, more comfort, more luxury—and more independence from God.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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