The future is now with Audi's flying taxi

The sky is the limit... literally.

2y ago

According to futuristic tv shows and movies, sometime down the track everyone will be using flying cars.

Some companies have even played around with the idea for a few years, and now Audi is having a crack.

Teaming up with Airbus and Italdesign, Audi has created a flying taxi concept called “Pop.Up Next”.

Combining a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone, the concept had its first public test in Amsterdam during ‘Drone Week’ - in 1:4 scale model form.The flight saw a passenger capsule transported from one side of the event hall to the other and successfully placed onto a car chassis, before it autonomously drove from the drop-off zone.

Audi believes in the coming decade people will be using a flying taxi service in large cities and the company is already conducting tests in South America... but with helicopters and chauffeur drivers.

While an ambitious idea, James May was way ahead of the pack with his flying caravan.

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Comments (7)

  • Looks like a drone whit a toy car attached to it..😑

      2 years ago
  • Uber are ahead. I happen to know.

      2 years ago
  • So that means you leave the drone component behind you as you drive off in your autonomous vehicle. Obviously in a ‘drone park’ where it is shared with other users, back and forth from park to park, shared and not necessarily owned by any individual. It might be expansive, seeing thousands of movements a day, moving hundreds of travelling passengers across the skies. Sounds like an airport really, with a taxi service waiting outside. Defying gravity by lift, with a huge cost in resources, and a sky filled with flying objects. Hum. Hopefully, they will solve the issues here before it’s launched, or perhaps they might try something else.

      2 years ago
  • Just make helicopter smaller job done

      2 years ago
  • I can't see these catching on. There is still someone who has to control it somehow and do we really trust the cab firms with this? Does rather look like the "Aliens" movie's dropship if it was instead designed by hipsters.

      2 years ago