Audi has tested autonomous flying taxiNovember 28, 2018
Audi has conducted the first successful tests of a flying taxi in the framework of the project Pop.Up Next, which took place in Amsterdam. It is reported by the press service of the German mark.
The participants of the project Pop.Up Next, besides Audi, are the aircraft manufacturing company Airbus and the Italian bodybuilding studio Italdesign. The concept is that a special passenger capsule can stand on a special platform with wheels for movement on the ground. When injected into the cork, the module is attached to an aircraft with four rotors, which takes passengers to their destination.
For testing, developers have created reduced prototype devices of a quarter of the actual size. The aircraft is a quadrocopter. During the tests, he airborne the capsule with the cabin and set it on the ground chassis. After that, the resulting car in unmanned mode was able to leave the test site.
In the summer of 2018, Audi, together with Airbus, announced the launch of a project for the new urban mobility system Urban Air Mobility in the German Ingolstadt. The project of the new service received the support of the German Federal Ministry of Transport, which approved the idea of Audi, Airbus and several other companies to create a new air communications system.
At the moment, the development of flying cars are several dozen companies from around the world. For example, in addition to Airbus, Boeing is working on a similar project. Plus, the Uber company is going to launch the “air taxi” service, for which NASA will create a special dispatch service, and Dubai is already undergoing tests of a similar service with devices from the German startup Volocopter. Finally, Toyota is working on a flying car, which will present the finished model in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.