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According to experts gathered this week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, that is likely to happen sooner than later, with flying taxis expected to take to the skies by 2025 .Thacker said his company had joined with ride-hailing app Uber and several aeronautics firms, including France's Safran, to create a fleet of flying taxis that are called vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.Uber plans to launch its air taxis first in Los Angeles and Dallas, two major traffic-congested U.S. cities.Asked about using helicopters as an alternative, Thacker said the taxis were financially sounder and also quieter.Bell executives said drones transporting goods, such as emergency medical products, should take to the skies well before taxis, considering the lesser restrictions imposed on such aircraft.In a report titled "Vision 2050" presented at SXSW, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics predicts that by 2050, the use of flying taxis and other autonomous drones will be widespread, mainly thanks to artificial intelligence.
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