The notion of ‘flying car’ has been tried by several companies. Prototype after prototype has been created without any accomplishment over the years, which has left us all doubting whether the concept of a highway in the sky is at all conceivable.
Several companies have taken a crack at creating an airborne passenger vehicle capable of substituting road vehicles. Among these designs, some seem to be a fusion between a Star Wars Podracer and Blade Runner’s Spinner, while others appear to be as if a Cessna wing has been strapped to a Ford Escort.
Well, it’s only a matter of time before they begin transporting people owing to all the buzz about drones. Through all these years, efforts have been made by companies to transform the automobile into a flying one rather than just converting a quadcopter into a people carrier.
One of the world’s largest aerospace companies, ‘Airbus’, might be just doing that. ‘Urban Air Mobility’, their new division plans to test flying a prototype of their new design by the end of 2017. These passenger vehicles are intended for production in 2021 and will incorporate vertical take-off and landing much like a quadcopter.
At the ‘DLD digital tech conference’ in Munich, Tom Enders ‘the CEO of Airbus’ stated:
“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground. Now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground. We are in an experimentation phase. We take this development very seriously. If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business.”
This announcement of Airbus validates the prediction made by transport designer, Paul Priestman, last year regarding drone based people carriers. He said,
“We’ve got these electric drones flying around everywhere. [Electric planes are] just a scaled up version really. I think that’s going to get really interesting – it could be the beginning of personalized transportation.”
It is hoped that this prototype will make up for all those failed attempts at making a flying car in the past as it has the support of a well-established master of the industry like Airbus. Now, the only problem to be concerned about is how are they going to implement speed cameras at 500 feet high?