The PopUp can be fitted in different modules which allows you to travel on the road or on air. AirBus has not yet developed a functional prototype.
Flying cars are one of the oldest futuristic previsions, and curiously one of the technologies that is taking longer to arrive. Airbus, however, wants to accelerate the process. In this edition of the Geneve Hall, the French company, in collaboration with Italdesign, introduced one of their last creations: an autonomous modular flying car.
The vehicle is a conceptual idea that articulates a cabin for two passengers with two modules that allows it to travel on the road and on air. For terrestrial routes, Airbus developed a four wheels socket that establishes an instant communication with the rest of the vehicle, and for air trips, a module with four helices like a drone, that can be set up autonomously on top of the cabin.
In a video, the company shows that the interaction with the vehicle is done intuitively by simply communicating with the artificial intelligence present on the system to define the destination and route.
However, Airbus does not predict that these will be personal vehicles. In the PopUp presentation, the company showed that it idealises it as part of a vast transportation system where passengers will be able to book trips through an application like Uber or Cabify. In practice, the versatility of this flying car will allow you to book transportation even if you are in the middle of a field where the absence of a road will not allow you to catch a taxi or a bus that easily. By detecting that the passenger is in an area without terrestrial access, the system releases a PopUp in flying mode landing next to you and taking off straight away to the chosen destination.
Airbus introduced a version of the vehicle in real world size on the Geneve Hall, however, there isn’t a functional prototype yet and did not give any indication that it intends to move forward with the concretization of this project.