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Passenger Drone’s prototype undergoes a flight test in Switzerland. (Passenger Drone via YouTube)

“Taking autonomous to the sky: You knew it was coming.”

Swiss-based Passenger Drone is following up on the tag line from one of its videosby declaring that its autonomous flying machine is indeed taking people into the sky on test flights.

The car-sized, electric-powered, 16-rotor copter has been stealthily under development for months. Robotic flight tests began in Switzerland in May, kicking off a succession of outings with simulated payload weights.

The first flights with passengers on board took place in early September, Peter Delco, one of the partners in the project, told GeekWire in an email.

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By Alan Boyle

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