Minus the Bus: Airbus as well as Italdesign Make a Flying Car
Aircraft company Airbus has teamed with the design firm Italdesign to create a flying-car concept. Dubbed the Pop.Up, the two-seat city car is usually a modular concept in which consists of a four-wheeled rolling platform, a passenger compartment, as well as a 14.4-foot-long by 16.4-foot-wide rooftop drone.
If the rolling chassis as well as rooftop drone are the bread of the Pop.Up, you could consider the carbon-fiber passenger compartment as the meat from the sandwich. Measuring 102.4 inches long as well as 55.1 inches tall, the passenger module is usually truly a space for storing two people. Greeting passengers is usually a giant screen where one might expect a typical dashboard to be. Missing are a steering wheel as well as/or control stalks, as well as foot pedals. This particular is usually because the Pop.Up is usually a fully autonomous machine in which can be summoned via an app in which also allows users to book as well as plan trips.
When situated on the carbon-fiber rolling chassis, the Pop.Up’s 15-kWh battery pack gives the vehicle the ability to travel approximately 80 miles on a full charge. Fortunately, Airbus as well as Italdesign claim a quick 15-minute charge time. The concept is usually rated at 80 horsepower, as well as top speed on the ground is usually limited to 62 mph.
With the eight-rotor drone attached to the rooftop, though, the Pop.Up can fly up to 62 miles. Eight individual electric motors produce a combined 182 horsepower, as well as, as on the ground, in which tops out at 62 mph. Likewise, charging the rooftop drone’s 70-kWh battery is usually said to take just 15 minutes.
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The Pop.Up is usually the very definition of a concept vehicle; in which will probably never see the light of day as is usually. Still, its modular design is usually noteworthy, something we could see being applied to future land-based autonomous cars.