Airbus just revealed a wild concept car that can be airlifted by a drone
The aircraft manufacturer revealed its vision for a car that can be airlifted by a drone on Tuesday. Called the Pop.Up system, the car-drone combo is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public March 9. Airbus designed the system with Italdesign, a design and engineering company.The key component of the Pop.Up system is a capsule that is 2.5 meters (8 feet) long and 1.4 meters (4.6 feet) high that can house passengers. That capsule can attach to a battery-powered chassis to become a two-seater electric car.
The Pop.Up's modular design means the capsule can easily unhook from its chassis and get airlifted by an accompanying drone that's autonomous and powered by 8 rotors. (Airbus doesn't provide any insight as to what happens to the chassis once it's left behind.)Passengers can summon the drone using a smartphone app that can also suggest the best transport solutions, factoring in traffic, ride-sharing demand, and cost.
Airbus is working on an electric, single-passenger aircraft for urban transit as part of its Project Vahana. Airbus is also building a flying taxi named CityAirbus as part of a project that's separate from Vahana.
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