Audi initiates tests flying taxi concept

Audi, Airbus and Italdesign have initiated tests on a collaborative concept called the “flying taxi”.

Currently the “flying taxi” is a scale model with the prototype flying and driving during Amsterdam Drone Week late November.

The Geneva Motor Show fist revealed the “flying taxi” in march as a flying EV platform with the ability to accommodate passengers. The platform can drive on the road and park itself under a drone frame, which then receives a passenger pod and becomes a passenger drone.

Audi sourcing and IT board member and Audi subsidiary Italdesign president Dr Bernd Martens believes the concept has the potential to become a real product.

“Flying taxis are on the way,” he says.

“We at Audi are convinced of that. 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 licence 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.”

Until then, Audi says they are partnering with Airbus to test on-demand service with helicopters in an effort to better understand the operations, saying the experience will be useful when  “flying taxis” are deployed.

Source: Tests start on Audi “flying taxi”
3 Dec 2018