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Asia's traffic woes looking up as flying taxis prep for takeoff

Helicopter maker Bell plans to make flight-hailing a reality by 2025

Passengers could hail air taxis from existing rooftops, thereby reducing costs of building infrastructure for the new service. (Image courtesy of Uber)   © Uber Technologies

TOKYO -- In what may seem more science fiction than fact, U.S. helicopter maker Bell is combining drones, autonomous driving and ride-hailing to develop driverless air taxis.

Merging the high-flying technologies into a single service is seen as a way to alleviate the transportation woes that plague Asian cities such as Bangalore and Jakarta, and could be rolled out as early as 2025. 

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