The flying car will soon be a reality thanks to one of the biggest aviation brands on the planet, Airbus. Science fiction has given us revolutionary gadgets, from smartphones, smart wearables, handheld devices to virtual reality, we have seen the brink of a new era, and by the end of this year, we are likely to see a car fly.
As Reuters reports, aerospace group’s CEO said on Monday that Airbus Group plans to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car by the end of the year. He described that it could be a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads.
The company last year formed Urban Air Mobility, a division dedicated to exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The model of introducing flying car service would be similar to our car-sharing schemes i.e. the rider can book the vehicle using an application.
At a recent tech conference in Germany Airbus CEO Tom Enders said:
“We are in an experimentation phase; we take this development very seriously. One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground.”
Enders also relayed that as the flying cars would not stress the pavements, they will provide much-needed relief to the city’s infrastructure. “With flying, you don’t need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads,” he said.
Rodin Lyasoff, the CEO of A^3, Airbus’s advanced projects group, also suggests that flying cars are actually much closer to reality than we think. He says on the company’s website:
“Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors, and avionics are most of the way there.”
He also relays that one of the biggest challenges that the flying car faces is the technology that will allow the vehicles to avoid collisions when flying autonomously. He explains that solving this issue is the company’s top priority. The company plans to test a single-passenger craft in the air within the next 12 months.