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    • A test drive of a drone taxi in the Small Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow. The drone, developed by a member company of the Moscow Innovation Cluster, is capable of carrying passengers and cargo by air up to 100 km.
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    A test drive of a drone taxi in the Small Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow. The drone, developed by a member company of the Moscow Innovation Cluster, is capable of carrying passengers and cargo by air up to 100 km.

    People have always dreamed of being able to conquer the sky. With the introduction of planes and development of civil aviation, humanity has partly fulfilled this desire. Private jets, however, are only available to the crème de la crème of society, while the general public regards air travel as just a faster transportation method.

    The history of the development of flying automobiles started in 1936 when car-construction pioneer Henry Ford displayed an experimental single-seat aeroplane that he called the "sky flivver". Though the project was abandoned two years later, and, in fact, it was a light aircraft rather than a car, the public became very excited that personal flying vehicles would be mass produced in the near future.

    At the same time, Mr Ford himself said: "Mark my word: a combination of aeroplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come".

    Since then, the visualisation of vehicles, including flying ones have changed and multiple hi-tech companies and car producers have put their heads together to provide people with their own flying cars or taxi-drones.

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