A Salt Lake City company has announced a joint venture that it says will advance its move to provide on-demand urban air taxis.

Skyworks Global Inc. said flying taxis “are no longer in the realm of science fiction” and that its venture with Switch Mobility will leads to “door-to-door, customized transportation.”

Skyworks, which was known as Groen Aeronautics Corp. until April of this year, has been developing vehicles based on gyronautics to create a sustained autorotative flight platform. The company contends that its gyroplane is safe, simple and sustainable technology, with various aircraft having been flown since 2002. In contrast, it says that helicopters are expensive and rely on mechanically complex systems.

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