Audi Car-Drone Hybrid Explores The Future Of Flying Taxis
This autonomous mobility concept from the Geneva Motor Show could dodge traffic by air or navigate tight streets as a microcar
Audi, transportation design company Italdesign and Airbus presented an all-electric, fully autonomous road and air mobility concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Pop.Up Next is the second generation of a concept presented at the same show in 2017.
Pop.Up Next is a modular vehicle capable of transporting two people by air or land. The common component is a passenger cabin that docks with either a four rotor drone for flight or a four wheeled chassis for driving. Both methods of travel use electric power.
The cabin interior is free of traditional controls—instead a 49-inch panoramic screen displays route information, entertainment and vehicle system status. Facial recognition and eye-tracking are employed for passenger to vehicle communication.
The Pop.Up Next is a vision project that won’t likely see production in the near future. AI, battery in recharging infrastructure need to evolve significantly before this concept could become reality. However, it is one way two very different transportation companies, automotive and aircraft, are looking at ideas for easing traffic and mobility problems in the future.