Audi, Italdesign and Airbus design and test autonomous flying taxi (video)

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Audi, Italdesign and Airbus design and test autonomous flying taxi (video)It could be deployed as “soon as the coming decade”

Germany automaker Audi, Airbus and Italdesign presented recently a scaled-down version of its vision of the future: a drone that can pluck the cab off of an autonomous electric vehicle and then fly off to its intended destination, techcrunch.com reports.

The companies showed off the flying taxi concept during Drone Week in Amsterdam.

You can watch the whole video below that depicts the different steps in the process.

To be clear, what they showed was a working prototype and one that isn’t big enough for human being to ride in. The prototype of “Pop.Up Next” was a 1:4 scale model.

Still, the companies provided a bullish vision of the future that they predict could be just a decade away.

“Flying taxis are on the way. We at Audi are convinced of that,” Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi board member for sourcing and IT, and president of the Audi subsidiary Italdesign noted in a statement. “More and more people are moving to cities. And more and more people will be mobile thanks to automation. In future, senior citizens, children and people without a driver’s license will want to use convenient robot taxis. If we succeed in making a smart allocation of traffic between roads and airspace, people and cities can benefit in equal measure.”

Audi posted in a description under the YouTube video, that the flying taxi service could be deployed as “soon as the coming decade.”

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