Audi, Airbus and Italdesign have presented their Pop.Up Next flying driving car for the first time.
Showcased to guests at Amsterdam Drone Week, designers confirmed the vehicle’s autonomy and said how it can act as both a driverless car and a flying taxi.
In its first public test flight, the vehicle managed to accurately place a passenger capsule onto the ground module before the car autonomously drove away.
According to a report from Automotive World, the design is still a 1:4 scale model but, when it becomes fully functional, Audi customers will be able to use the device in busy cities if regulation allows for it.
As part of the public demo, Dr. Bernd Martens, audi board member for sourcing, IT and president of the Audi subsidiary Italdesign, said: “Flying taxis are on the way. We at Audi are convinced of that. More and more people are moving to cities. And more and more people will be mobile thanks to automation.”
He added: “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.”
Dr. Martens is not the only person who thinks flying taxis are only around the corner.
In an exclusive interview with Commercial Drone Professional, founder and CEO of London start-up Skyports revealed that he believes the UK could see flying taxis before cargo drones.
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