South Korea to adapt air taxis by 2025

South Korea is set to adopt urban air mobility vehicles (UAM), which will serve as taxis between major airports and downtown Seoul as soon as 2025.

Powered by helicopter-like rotors for vertical take-offs and landings, the craft demonstrated can be piloted or operated autonomously without one.

When passengers are onboard the UAMs, a pilot must man the craft to ensure safety, a transport ministry official said, adding it would also aid acceptance by the general public.

Last year, South Korea announced a roadmap to begin commercial urban air travel by 2025.

The transport ministry estimates such services could cut travel time for distances between 30-50km (19-31 miles) from an hour by car to 20 minutes by air.