Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are jointly working on the concept of an unmanned electric vehicle that can move not only on the ground, but also in the air.
At the moment, the designers have already created a functional prototype, but so far only on a 1: 4 scale. The model consists of an electrical vehicle platform, on which a capsule is attached to accommodate passengers. In this form, an unmanned electric car can perform the function of an ordinary taxi, moving along the roads..
However, if necessary, the car can drive up to the UAV with a special frame, and fix a capsule with passengers on it. After air travel, customers can leave the capsule or continue the ride on a four-wheeled platform again.
Audi, Airbus And Italdesign Test Flying Taxi Concept
Increasing urbanization and automation are driving greater mobility, according to Audi executives. Therefore, in the future, all those who do not have a driver’s license will want to use comfortable unmanned taxis, and the ability to travel by air will relieve city traffic, from which all road users will benefit..
While Audi is just beginning to test the entire project, Hoversurf has announced that it will begin mass production and sale of the Hoverbike S3 flying motorcycles from 2019..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: YOUCAR