“Where we’re going we don’t need roads…”
Airbus, along with Italdesign, has just announced a new modular car concept that’s currently being showcased at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Pop.Up, it’s basically a modular car concept that can work both in land and on air. Yes, it can fly – how? By attaching a drone on it of course.
Not only that, the Pop.Up is purely electric, and zero emissions means it’s better for the environment. Airbus sees this as a way of improving traffic in cities.
The capsule-shaped vehicle will have two modules for ground and air operations, and the modular design means it can also integrate with other forms of transportation like trains or even hyperloop.
"The Pop.Up vehicle combines the flexibility of a small two seater ground vehicle with the freedom and speed of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicle, thus bridging the automotive and aerospace domains,” Airbus said in a statement.
The passenger capsule is made from carbon fiber that measures 2.6 meters long, 1.4 meters high, and 1.5 meters wide. The ground module can be used when you want to run on ground, and the 5 by 4.4 meter air module containing eight rotors can be used if you want to well, fly.
Adding another layer of interactivity on the Pop.Up is an AI platform that will learn from the user’s daily travel routines. This includes offering alternatives on your daily commute or even suggesting detours if it senses that you are stressed.
It won’t be ready for commercial use nor is Airbus confirming if they will ever release it – but it does give you a glimpse of the future of transportation.
Now if they can make a DeLorean fly and maybe travel through time – that would be awesome!