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11/27/18
Ingolstadt/Amsterdam
Culture and Trends
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept
  • Modular “Pop.Up Next” model flies and drives at Amsterdam Drone Week
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At Drone Week in Amsterdam Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are presenting for the first time a flying and driving prototype of “Pop.Up Next”.
This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously. This is still a 1:4 scale model. But as soon as the coming decade, Audi customers could use a convenient and efficient flying taxi service in large cities – in multi-modal operation, in the air and on the road. Without changing vehicles, passengers will enjoy their leisure time, relax, or work.

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