If we’re being honest, some of you probably thought we’d have flying cars by now, right? Alas, we’re still forced with being stuck in traffic day in and day out, with no means of a quick getaway. Thanks to Airbus, however, that could all be changing.
According to an announcement that was made by the aerospace group’s CEO, Tom Enders, on Monday at the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, Airbus is planning to test a self-piloted personal aircraft before the end of 2017. The goal: to reduce the aforementioned traffic, specifically on inner city roads.
“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground. Now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,” Enders said during his key note speech on Monday.
He then went on to add: “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.”
Airbus is currently investing in driverless technologies and artificial intelligence, which will hopefully equate to the creation of a fleet of flying cars. If accomplished, such an invention would lead to changes in city development and planning, decreasing the need for bridges and roads.
Dubbed Project Vahana, the desired result is to be able to transport individuals via a helicopter-style vehicle, as people would in turn have the opportunity to book the personal aircraft using an app, similar to Uber.
“We’ve got these electric drones flying around everywhere,” Enders concluded. “[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.”
Talk about next level, be sure to check back with us for more surrounding Airbus’ hopeful flying vehicle.
- Source: Dezeen