Flying Cars Are Here: Airbus Reveals Testing Plans

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European Aerospace giant Airbus plans to test a prototype of a self-piloted flying car by the end of the year.  Airbus plans to use flying cars as a way to avoid gridlocked city streets.

The Airbus plans were revealed by the company's CEO Tom Enders at the DLD digital tech conference in Munich. Speaking at the conference Enders said, "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground."

Enders stated that his company was still in the experimentation phase but was taking developments very seriously. Enders also stated that Airbus knew that the new tech must be clean to avoid further polluting congested cities.

Enders also said that using the skies could also reduce costs for city infrastructure planners. "With flying, you don't need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads."

Airbus has two concepts for an autonomous flying car: an autonomous single-seater called Vahana and a secretive multi-seater called the CityAirbus project.

The Vahan is the car that Enders wants to start flying by the end of the year while the CityAirbus project is first expected to be introduced as a piloted vehicle to speed up its acceptance in the market. However, the CityAirbus from the outset is designed to be a fully autonomous vehicle.

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Story first published: Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:48 [IST]
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