Friday, March 10, 2017

Airbus creates air-taxi

It's a concept vehicle developed in co-operation with European airplane manufacturer Airbus.It looks a bit like a Smart car. The design resembles a ball riding on a four-wheeled chassis.
Then there's a separate giant drone. If the car gets stuck in heavy traffic, the drone arrives overhead, can fly down, attach itself to the roof of the car, and pick up the ball-shaped passenger compartment.
The car's autonomously driven chassis can then poke its way along to a charging station while the passengers, now riding in an autonomously driven helicopter, fly off to their destination.

"Adding the third dimension to seamless multi-modal transportation networks will without a doubt improve the way we live and how we get from A to B," said Mathias Thomsen, general manager for Urban Air Mobility at Airbus
The idea is the vehicles will be shared by users. They would be summoned by an Uber-like app and would be intelligent enough to decide when it's more beneficial to drive or fly from one place to another. The cars and giant drones would roam about on their own picking up people and dropping them off as needed.