Airbus Unveils its Flying Car Designed to take Driving Airborne

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June 5, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: June 5 on

Flying cars have been around for ages but have never caught for two main reasons: driving a vehicle with a pair off wings strapped to the roof looks ridiculous (as does the driver); and they need a clear runway to take off.

But, what if you needed to get from Abu Dhabi to Dubai for an important meeting but traffic on the Sheikh Zayed Road is at a standstill – wouldn’t it be appealing if, via your smartphone, your car could simply take to the air (with not a wing in sight) and clear the snarl-up in one go?

Well, Airbus along with its partner Italdesign,aims to give you that option.

At this week’s 87th Geneva International Motor Show, Airbus gave the world-premier of Pop.Up, the first modular, fully electric, zero-emission, wingless flying automobile system. Or, in Airbus jargon, “a modular system for multi-modal transportation that makes full use of both ground and airspace”.