Lilium, the German start-up developing an electric flying taxi, has hired renowned automotive designer Frank Stephenson to work on its first vehicle.
Stephenson, responsible for the design of cars such as the McLaren P1, Fiat 500 and Ferrari F430, has been tasked with mixing car and plane design in the flying taxi. The interior will be designed to resemble that of a car.
The flying taxi completed its first unmanned flight in April 2017. It is due to take to the skies with its first manned flight next year before becoming a fully fledged ride hailing service that uses a smartphone app (like Uber) from 2025.
The vehicle is being developed to use 36 electric jet engines that are attached to its wings and enable vertical take-off, negating the need for a runway. The taxi is claimed to be capable of speeds of up to 186mph or, if flown economically, a range of 186 miles to one charge.