Airbus CEO Says ‘Flying Car’ Prototype Ready By 2018
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic-jam and found yourself day-dreaming about your car turning into a flying car so you could take off? Well you’re in luck! This airborne future could be here a lot sooner than you think!
The Airbus Group has made a schedule to begin testing a self-piloted flying car prototype by the time the year 2017 ends. This is according to the Chief Executive of the aerospace group who hopes to develop this way to combat bumper-to-bumper traffic.
In 2016, Airbus created a division that is known as Urban Air Mobility which is focused on exploring ideas for a vehicle that can transport individuals and a helicopter-type car that can transport multiple vehicles.
The ultimate goal would be to develop flying-cars into a service. This would function in the same way that apps like Uber and Ola do. The service would also offer options for car-pooling, just like UberPOOL does.
At the Munich DLD digital tech conference, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said, “One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground”. Enders also added that he hoped the Airbus could do a demonstration for a flying-vehicle to transport an individual by the time the year ends.
He stated that the company is currently in a phase of experimenting and is taking the development extremely seriously. According to Enders, Airbus has recognised that a technology like this will have to be extremely environment-friendly and all-around clean so that no further pollution is created to cities that are already congested.
The CEO said that by putting the skies to further use for transport, the cost of infrastructure for city planners will be greatly reduced. This is because there will be no need to invest billions and more into building concrete roads and bridges.
As Airbus is the world’s biggest producer of commercial helicopters, Enders said the company wants to deeply invest in the technology and develop it. This is to spur new technologies like artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. Together, all of this will bring a new era in transport that is marked by flying cars
Tom Enders said, “If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business”. While it is still unsure exactly how much the company has invested in Urban Air Mobility, the public can be sure that we will see a lot of cool and revolutionary technology from Airbus very soon!
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by techtalks @TechTalks April 11, 2017 2:55 PM UTC