After the collaboration between aerospace manufacturer Airbus and design house Italdesign the new concept was born how a self driving car may become vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) flying car. The removable passenger cell rides on the ground on top of the electric vehicle chassis and decouples from it to fly below the rotors of a self-piloted drone. Italdesign created an autonomous car design, and Airbus is developing personal commuter multicopter, so this concept finds middle ground between these companies and is called Pop.Up. Also this autonomous urban commuter concept is zero emissions electric powertrain accompanied with vehicle-sharing app. As the traveler books a ride on the app, it represents all information about timing, costs, traffic, ride-sharing demand and more. It created ideal route over the ground and through the air between beginning and end points.
The concept relies on three pieces of hardware to complete the road-air journey. The two-seat 2.6 x 1.4 x 1.5-meters, L x H x W) passenger cell that can couple to the electric motor-driven, carbon fiber ground chassis or the VTOL air module. With real-time information sharing, the system could make changes mid-route, swooping in with the multicopter after heavy traffic leaves the ground module stuck in a traffic jam. At the end of the journey, the air/ground modules return to their charging stations.
A seamless multi-modal transportation networks will improve the way we live and how we get from A to B and it will help to reduce traffic problems in the future megacities. Watch the video for a vision of how the concept would work.