link The makers of a British designed "Jetpod" taxi, which they hope to introduce to British cities within five years, insist they will definitely take you to your destination by the shortest route - at 350 mph (563 kph). Developers Avcen believe they can offer a flying taxi service which cruises at up to 228m at little more than the cost of a road-bound black cab. Due to undergo "proof of concept" test flights in the next 18 months, the £500,000 ($1.3m) Jetpod would be able to travel the 38km from London to Woking in just four minutes. Faster than a helicopter, Heathrow to central London would take less than half that time and, so Avcen claims, cost less that £50. If they are successful the nightmare grind down the motorway to the country could become a thing of the past. "We're not talking about travelling to Paris. The whole point about this aircraft is that it will scoot you from the countryside to the centre of London in two or three minutes."