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”.