Audi suspends air taxi plans, rethinks partnership with Airbus

Audi has suspended work on its Pop.Up air taxi and has put its partnership with Airbus to develop the vehicle up for review.

Audi said it is working on a fresh direction for its urban air mobility activities as part of its new strategy announced in May.

“At present we are working on a new direction for our urban air mobility activities and have not yet made a decision regarding potential future products,” Audi said in a statement to Automotive News Europe.

Audi said it had stopped all work on the Pop.Up concept that was developed by its Italdesign subsidiary with Airbus.

The concept has a flying passenger capsule that sits on top of a car chassis. The idea was to pick up a customer up at home, drive them to a heliport where the car connects with the flight module.