Surefly passenger drone makes first flight

Workhorse first unveiled its version of the Surefly unmanned flying taxi at the Paris Air Show last June. And now, just a year later, his first flight with a passenger on board took place.

The company previously gained fame for the development of a whole line of electric vehicles - pickups, trucks and special vans, from the roof of which drones are launched.

One of the features of the Surefly passenger drone is the ability to operate by using a combination of diesel and electricity to power eight counter-rotating engines, allowing it to carry a 180kg payload over distances of up to 110 km.

To understand the benefits of a flying taxi, you need to imagine a huge traffic jam in a busy metropolis.

In January, Surefly received a certificate of airworthiness from the Federal Aviation Administration, which allowed developers to conduct test flights over the United States. Unfortunately, the first demo flight at CES did not take place due to difficult weather conditions.