Pop.Up Next is part drone and part car without driver

Pop.Up Next is part drone and part car without driver
Pop.Up Next is part drone and part car without driver

Airbus has combined its aerial skills with the land vehicle know-how of Italdesign and Audi to produce a bold mobility concept called Pop.Up Next. As a successor to the original Pop.Up concept, the two-seat travel solution displayed at this year’s show can drive autonomously on the highway and rise vertically, seeking to outpace city traffic.

At the heart of the Pop.Up Next concept is a simple cabin for two passengers that can travel in two ways. The simplest and most conventional route is to connect a 60 kW electric sled and assume the role of a car without a driver. The maximum speed is listed at 100 km / h and would depend on a 15 kWh battery for a range of 130 km. The air module can fly 50 km with each charge of its 70 kWh battery, using eight electric motors to pass over the cities at 540 km / h.

It includes a 49-inch touch screen that incorporates visual recognition and voice and face recognition, along with redesigned seats that use a combination of aluminum structure and ultra-light mesh to keep weight down. The designers say that Pop.Up Next weighs much less than the 2017 version.

They also claim to have reworked the aerodynamics and the rotor ducts to improve performance and energy consumption, and they have integrated a new titanium locking mechanism to couple and uncouple the modules. Ultimately, these would be identical for the ground and air modules, using onboard sensors during the approach to align three coupling points, although the finer details of this remain a work in progress.

Pop.Up Next is part drone and part car without driver