16:23 28 June 2016
Airvinci is set to take to the skies in the first test of app controlled self-flying copter service, giving commuters a way to beat the traffic particularly if they’re running late.
The firm allows users to call their own personal heli-taxi, a ducted fan, fixed-pitch rotor aircraft drone.
'So far, a 'Heli-Taxi' seemed to be reserved for VIPs or at least very wealthy people, it says.
'Soon, this will change.
'We are developing and building a helicopter that is compact for take-off and landing in urban environment and has low maintenance costs, which will keep the price down for customers.
'Our next milestone is our first test flight next month.'
The firm said it hopes the system could one day take on car firms.
'Going down in the elevator of your hotel, you realize you are late for your meeting somewhere in Midtown Manhattan,' it said.
'You get your phone out, open the Heli-Cab App and call the closest Helicopter.
'When your helicopter arrives, you authenticate yourself with your smartphone, get inside and get greeted by the instructor in the control center.
'He tells you to buckle up before the helicopter can take off and confirms that you chose the 'Autonomous Flight option'