Italdesign and Airbus: concept blurs the line between the self-driving car and the VTOL flying car.

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Italdesign and Airbus: concept blurs the line between the self-driving car and the VTOL flying car.

Italdesign and Airbus: concept blurs the line between the self-driving car and the VTOL flying car.

The fruits of a collaboration between aerospace manufacturer Airbus and design house Italdesign, the new Pop.Up concept blurs the line between the self-driving car and the VTOL flying car. Its removable passenger cell rides on the ground atop an electric vehicle chassis and decouples from that chassis to fly through the air below the whirring rotors of a self-piloted multicopter. Is this how commuters of the future will get from place to place? But that multicopter wasn’t designed to be ignored, especially not at an auto show filled with grounded vehicles. It signifies the Pop.Up concept’s unique blend of air-ground capabilities, which starts with an accompanying vehicle-sharing app. As the traveler books a ride, the app presents information about timing, costs, traffic, ride-sharing demand and more, working with the customer to create the ideal route over the ground and through the air between beginning and end points. The completely autonomous Pop.Up relies on three pieces of hardware to complete the road-air journey. The simple, two-seat 8.5 x 4.6 x 4.9-ft (2.6 x 1.4 x 1.5-m, L x H x W) passenger cell can couple to either the electric motor-driven, carbon fiber ground chassis or the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air module, depending upon whether a ground or air route is preferable. With real-time information sharing, the system could even make changes mid-route, swooping in with the multicopter after heavy traffic leaves the ground module stuck in a traffic jam a dream of literally everyone who’s ever spent precious minutes in a bumper-to bumper backup. At the end of the journey, the Pop.Up air/ground modules return to their charging stations and await the next app-ordered ride.

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Italdesign and Airbus: concept blurs the line between the self-driving car and the VTOL flying car.

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