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This January test was to see how a self-flying aircraft was shaping up, also being described in some sites as the flying taxi. If successful, it may be a way to beat late-afternoon nightmares, pileups, closed bridges, short fuses and road rage.

"At 8:52AM on January 31, 2018 in Pendleton, Oregon," the aircraft reached a height of 5 meters (16 feet) before descending safely."

This is the Airbus Vahana project. Its team has a vision of "large-scale automated flight within urban environments."

"Airbus aims to create self-flying aircraft that can go four times faster than road traffic, with a range of 50 miles," said Seeking Alpha on Thursday.

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