There seem to be lots of plans (and even some working prototypes) for various autonomous flying cars and flying taxis.
Most of these seem to be based on vertical take-off using some variety of an electric quad-copter (or something very similar).
Conventional planes can glide in the event of engine failure, and traditional single rotor helicopters can auto-rotate. Both techniques should get the aircraft safely (more or less) down assuming the controls remain effective.
What is supposed to happen with a quad-copter based flying car/taxi if the power fails? I don't think the fixed props on a quad copter can auto-rotate, so how are they supposed to land? Ballistic parachutes? or something I've missed?
UPDATE for clarity (I hope). The media seem to use phrases like flying cars/flying taxis and autonomous aircraft or drones almost interchangeably. I'm talking about aircraft that have no (or minimal) wings (and therefore can't glide) and no capacity for auto-rotation. Here are a few examples...
Now have a look at this final photo, it shows an electric aircraft (a glider) with a battery fire. Being a glider the survival options were relatively simple, the pilot landed ASAP and got out of the aircraft. This doesn't seem to be an option for any of the designs I've pictured above.