A new idea for an electric flying car from Airbus, Italdesign, and Audi is currently in the testing phase. The new car would be a combination of a autonomous vehicle and a passenger drone which was recently shown in Amsterdam. The original idea was original shown off earlier during this year at the Geneva Auto Show.
The design is is made up of three separate modules – a two-seat capsule for passengers and a four-rotor drone, put together through a detachable pod. The drone autonomously flies the pod to a location, placing it on an electric vehicle frame. the first public test flight saw the flight module accurately place a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
Flying taxis are on the way. we at Audi are convinced of that,’ says Dr. Bernd Martens, president of the Audi subsidiary Italdesign. ‘more and more people are moving to cities. and more and more people will be mobile thanks to automation. in future senior citizens, children, and people without a driver’s license will want to use convenient robot taxis. if we succeed in making a smart allocation of traffic between roads and airspace, people and cities can benefit in equal measure.‘
Flying taxi services in large cities that use a multi-modal operation including, in the air and on the road, could become a reality as soon as the next decade according to Audi. The luxury carmaker is conducting tests of this project in south america in cooperation with the airbus subsidiary Voom. the company is also supporting the urban air mobility flying taxi project in ingolstadt that is preparing test operations for a flying taxi at Audi’s site.
Read more here
Join us in Bangkok the 19th to the 22nd of March for the Property Portal Watch Conference.