Drone travel taxi able to fly humans through the air readies for launch

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Many have no doubt wished they could soar over traffic instead of being stuck in it, and a drone slated to begin testing soon could make that fantasy a reality.

The incredible flying machine is called the Airvinci and is being developed by Tarek Ibrahim and his team.

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Powered by a ducted fan, the aircraft can take off and land vertically.

It is also designed to haul loads weighing hundreds of pounds, which makes the drone capable of carrying a compartment large enough to accommodate a human.

Throughout the development of the personal transportation option, one of the goals has been to keep the Airvinci's price around that of a car.

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World cities with the most traffic

1. London, England (101 hours of delay annually per commuter)

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2. Los Angeles, CA (81 hours)

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3. Washington, D.C. (75 hours)

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4. San Francisco, CA (75 hours)

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5. Houston, TX (74 hours)

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6. New York, NY (73 hours)

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7. Stuttgart, Germany (73 hours)

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8. Antwerp, Belgium (71 hours)

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9. Cologne, Germany (71 hours)

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10. Brussels, Belgium (70 hours)

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According to the project manager, the prototype is almost ready and test flights will begin this summer.

The team believes Airvinci could be available by 2017.

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