2018 Pop Up Next – The Future Autonomous Flying Car of Audi & Airbus
Published on 14 Mar 2018
Sure, with all sorts of technical and regulatory obstacles to speak of, it will be anything but. However, the ability to easily switch between transport modes when and where it’s convenient to streamline urban mobility definitely sounds like a good idea on paper.
The designers do say that the Pop.Up Next weighs far less than the 2017 version. They also claim to have reworked the aerodynamics and rotor ducts to improve performance and power consumption, and have integrated a new titanium locking mechanism to couple and decouple the modules.
Ultimately, these would be identical for both the ground and air modules, using onboard sensors during approach to align three coupling points, though the finer details of this remain a work in progress.
The Pop.Up Next certainly seems pretty out there in terms of transport concepts, though Airbus and Italdesign share the belief that this kind of system could actually take flight within seven to 10 years. Airbus has been very active in the passenger drone space, recently test flying a full-scale version of its Vahana flying taxi, and autonomous driving technologies continue to come along in leaps and bounds.
In the meantime, we can just use concepts like the Pop.Up Next to imagine a future where common urban folk aren’t limited to ground travel, and don’t have to deal with traffic as a result.
It is on show at Geneva Auto Show this week, where New Atlas is on the ground bringing you other crazy concepts, along with real-life vehicles that’ll be hitting the showroom soon. The video above shows how the concept would work.
Next is evidence of the success achieved by Pop.Up over the past year amongst the main players in the transportation world, the municipalities and institutions worldwide.