Automobile companies started releasing their own version of futuristic cars. Electric, autonomous, self-driving vehicles, these genius minds have come up with insane ideas. However, we rarely hear about a successful release of flying cars. Thus, Airbus will try to be the first to do it.
“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. With flying, you don’t need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads,” says Airbus CEO Tom Enders at DLD conference held in Munich.
The company thinks it's time to pursue the use of flying cars for public use. Thus, Enders said, their flying vehicle must be tested before the year ends.
Vahana, a single-passenger, self-piloted vehicle, is the Airbus concept for a flying car. The company said this could be the solution for a faster, more comfortable commuting experience.
This, too, is the vehicle Enders wants to test by the end of 2017. CEO Rodin Lyasoff agrees saying, it’s totally feasible!
“In as little as 10 years, we could have products on the market that revolutionize urban travel for millions of people," Lyasoff told the Digital trends
Airbus also started the concept of CityAirbus, a multiple-passenger, electrically-operated flying vehicle. Though the full concept of this flying vehicle is still well-hidden, the company released a statement saying it would use multiple propellers and would probably look like a small drone.
According to Jorg Muller, from Airbus’ corporate development department, “This market will develop quickly once we are able to deploy the first vehicles in megacities and demonstrate the benefits of quiet, emission-free air transport at competitive prices.”