The Ehang 184 flying taxi might be a lot of things, but it’s not a flying car. Airbus may have done one better, though, with their new Airbus Pop.Up concept car…
We’ve been complaining for half a century that the flying car has yet to arrive – but with the exhibition of the Airbus Pop.Up concept car, that might be set to change. The vehicle consists of a two-seat capsule that sits on a car chassis – the ground module, functioning as an autonomous, electric vehicle. However, in the event of traffic, the capsule can be unhooked and vertically lifted by the huge aerial module – essentially a gigantic quadcopter.
The concept car, created by Airbus in collaboration with Italian engineering firm, Italdesign, was first put on display at the Geneva International Motor Show. We’re not quite convinced that the design is the simplest way to beat traffic, but it certainly is eye catching.
“Adding the third dimension to seamless multi-modal transportation networks will without a doubt improve the way we live and how we get from A to B,” the Daily Mail quotes Mathias Thomsen, General Manager for Airbus Urban Air Mobility, as saying. “Successfully designing and implementing solutions that will work both in the air and on the ground requires a joint reflection on the part of both aerospace and automotive sectors, alongside collaboration with local government bodies for infrastructure and regulatory frameworks.”
Unfortunately the car remains a concept for the time being and a production version of the vehicle is unlikely to be seen before the mid to late 2020s – whereas Ehang are set to have the 184 deployed and in use within the next 6 months.
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