Autonomous air taxis could be used during 2032 Olympics

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Autonomous electric air taxis could be used to take Queensland residents to and from the 2032 Brisbane Olympics, according to a new proposal from air mobility firm Wisk and regional councils.

Wisk has been collaborating with Australian local authorities to launch the scheme in south-east Queensland.

The solution has been suggested as an alternative to public transport, especially ahead of busy events, which might disrupt services, such as the Olympics.

“Wisk is a wonderful example of what the future offers for us,” said Greg Christensen, mayor of Scenic Rim Regional Council.

“[These are] transformational possibilities for people in my community and all those communities that don’t have access to public transport, and sometimes even taxis.

“[It would be great] to suddenly have the possibility to connect into all those opportunities in life that they currently can’t find a way to.”

The Council of Mayors South East Queensland and Wisk have signed a memorandum of understanding, which is required to progress legislation on the project.

Wisk says it would like to have the air taxis in operation in time for 2032 event.

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