NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week
Automakers’ soaring ambitions for flying cars start to take shape
When it comes to visionary thinking, perhaps the most jaw-dropping concept from one of Volkswagen Group’s brands was not a high-tech robocar, such as the Audi Aicon. Nor was the idea born in any of VW Group’s three so-called Future Centers that the automaker operates around the world. Instead, its genesis took shape in Turin, the heart of Italy’s automotive sector. It was November 2016, the Geneva auto show was only months away, and staff at Audi subsidiary Italdesign didn’t know what direction to take with their minicar concept. Then after extensive brainstorming, designers had an epiphany. Soon after that, they traveled to Toulouse, France, for talks with the European aviation giant Airbus — the result was the first modular flying drone concept, the Pop.Up. In theory, this wheeled vehicle allows the passenger cabin to detach from the chassis and integrate with a flight module. The combined unit then takes off using lift generated by four pairs of counter-rotating rotors.
Latest Editorial and Opinion Pieces
- What risks are we willing to accept for a world of self-driving cars?
- Level 5 vehicles are looking increasingly untenable before at least 2035
This week’s Biggest Stories
- Apple Discloses Minor Crash Involving Self-Driving Test Vehicle
- The Vacuum Maker, Dyson Moves on with a UK Electric Car Test Center
- Ford wants to make silent electric police cars
- Canada: Tesla wins court case against Ontario government over EV incentive
- Tokyo trials driverless taxis ahead of 2020 Olympics
- Waymo’s Self-Driving Fleet Struggles with Intersections, Merging
International, National, Local, and State
- Québec Solidaire desires to ban sale of all gasoline-powered autos by 2030 | CBC News
- Transport Canada is investing $265,000 to prepare for a driverless future
- Russian ‘city of the future’ becomes first in Europe to offer self-driving taxi service
Local and State
- Phoenix residents say that Waymo’s self-driving cars are a road hazard
- Humans—Not Technology—Are the Leading Cause of Self-Driving Car Accidents in California
- California: Are you ready? An autonomous vehicle shuttle proposed for downtown Napa
Electric, Hybrids and Other Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
- Is this the world’s most beautiful electric car?
- New York City to Test Lamp-Post Car Charging
- Electric Cars: Fireproof Lithium-Ion Batteries That Harden When Hit
- UPS to Deploy Fuel Cell/Battery Hybrids as Zero-Emission Delivery Trucks in California
Flying Cars and Drones
- Airbus executive looks to make ‘urban air mobility’ a reality
- Georgia Police Make Compelling Case for Department Drones
- SkyRyse makes helicopters smarter to ease pilots’ work and might just be the future of flying cars
- Automated car upgrades to I-380 will reduce crashes, new Iowa DOT report shows
- How Utah Uses Big Data to Make Highways Safer
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