Bosch to make flying taxis affordable

May 22, 2019 //By Wisse Hettinga
Bosch to make flying taxis affordable
Bosch is working on state-of-the-art sensor technology to make taxi flights safe, comfortable, and convenient

The market for flights using electric air taxis in cities is set to see substantial growth in the years ahead. Test flights are scheduled to begin in cities such as Dubai, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Singapore in 2020. Experts expect commercial operations to begin in 2023. Although pilots will probably be on board at first, the light aircraft could start flying autonomously over the roofs of major cities as early as 2025, controlled by staff on the ground.


Conventional aerospace technology is too expensive, bulky, and heavy to be used in autonomous flying taxis. A team of Bosch engineers has combined dozens of sensors to create a universal control unit for flying taxis.  The sensor box is equipped with MEMS sensors. The abbreviation MEMS stands for microelectromechanical systems. Bosch developed the first MEMS sensors for vehicles over 25 years ago. In vehicles, they supply control units with data about whether the car is currently braking or accelerating, and lets them know the direction in which the vehicle is traveling. The Bosch sensor box for flying taxis is equipped with acceleration sensors that measure the movements of the aircraft. Built-in yaw-rate sensors measure the flying vehicle’s angle of attack, while magnetic field sensors gauge its compass heading. The package also includes pressure sensors, which use barometric pressure to measure altitude and dynamic pressure readings to determine the vehicle’s current speed.

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