Audi, at its upcoming Drone Week in Amsterdam, will introduce the flying and driving prototype of “Pop. Up Next” alongside Airbus and Italdesign.
According to an official statement that was released by Audi, the concept of a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. Ahead of this, during the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove without a driver on the test grounds.
“Flying taxis are on the way. We at Audi are convinced of that,” says Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi board member for sourcing and IT, and president of the Audi subsidiary Italdesign. “More and more people are moving to cities. And more and more people will be mobile thanks to automation. In future senior citizens, children, and people without a driver’s license will want to use convenient robot taxis. If we succeed in making a smart allocation of traffic between roads and airspace, people and cities can benefit in equal measure.”
To analyse the on-demand service of such kind of a transit option, Audi is conducting tests in South America in cooperation with the Airbus subsidiary Voom.
“Services like this help us to understand our customers’ needs better. Because in the future, flying taxis will appeal to a wide range of city dwellers. With Pop. Up Next we are simultaneously exploring the boundaries of what is technically possible. The next step is for a full-size prototype to fly and drive,” said Dr Martens.