Flying taxis have this week moved one step closer to take-off, as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) opens a consultation for new rules to govern drone-filled skies.

And not a moment too soon.

Last month, a drone capable of carrying human passengers was trialled in Gloucestershire, while another British firm is working on electric vehicles that can take off vertically and ferry us from A to B.

Both hope to take to the skies commercially in the next couple of years, and the industry is hopeful that the EASA consultation will spur both regulatory and technological progress.

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