Wright Brothers’ home state of Ohio will produce flying taxis.

There will soon be electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically at the same location where the Wright brothers invented the first airplane. Under an arrangement between the state of Ohio and Joby Aviation at Dayton International Airport, the aircraft, dubbed “flying taxis,” will be manufactured. “Air taxis are the way of the future,” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated to The Associated Press. Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also referred to as flying taxis, are becoming more widespread worldwide. However, concerns concerning noise levels and charge requirements still exist.

The day when the planes can be used to transport individuals or small groups of people from parking lots and building tops to their destinations is drawing closer, according to the developers. Orville and Wilbur Wright were brothers who worked and resided in Dayton, Ohio. There, the nation’s first airplane factory was established in 1910. In keeping with this legacy, Joby’s formal presentation on Monday concluded with a unique flight of a Wright Model B Flyer at Orville Wright’s Hawthorn Hill residence.

Joby’s production aircraft was created by engineers to carry four passengers and a pilot at up to 321.87 kilometers per hour. The maximum distance the airplane can travel is 160.93 kilometers. According to the firm, it is a very quiet machine that is hardly audible in most cities. Starting in 2025, they are supposed to be integrated into aerial ridesharing networks. The 14-year-old Joby Aviation became the first eVTOL company to be certified—a unique form of permission—by the U.S. Air Force and went public in 2021. Partnerships with Toyota, Delta Air Lines, Intel, and Uber boost its production efforts.

The state of Ohio is contributing up to $325 million toward the $500 million project. Joby intends to use the funds to construct a plant in Ohio that will be able to produce up to 500 airplanes annually and employ 2,000 people. Joby has been encouraged to apply for a loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to help develop the facility as a renewable energy project. Joe Ben Bevirt, CEO of Joby, told the AP that Ohio was the company’s top choice following a thorough and competitive search. Although Ohio’s financial transaction was not the largest, he said it was made possible by the opportunity to relocate the operation to the aviation capital of the world, where there is a skilled labor force.

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