Remember when you were in bumper to bumper traffic and couldn’t stand the thought of being in the driver’s seat for another minute? Or that time when you were at a holiday dinner and way too full and tired to drive home, but couldn’t handle another flippant remark from your intoxicated uncle? Both of those memories would be better if you had a flying car.
No, seriously. We’ve all thought about it, but Airbus and Italdesign are reportedly working together on making the flying car a reality, and sooner than we originally thought. According to MotorAuthority, the vehicle will be called the Pop Up and will be powered by batteries and electric motors. It boasts a lower attachment for traveling on the ground, skateboard-style, along with a detachable pod on top with four rotors.
The vehicles will reportedly operate like Uber or Lyft. People will be able to request a ride using an app on an approved device and the vehicle will be deployed right away.
The Pop Up can drive along the road on its four wheels or use its rotors to travel in the air. Meaning, if you jump in this bad boy you can float above that traffic you so hopelessly wanted to get out of the last time you were in the car during rush hour.
And apparently, some organizations are already testing designs like this one. For example, in Dubai, a flying taxi service complete with an autonomous drone was recently tested by the city’s Roads and Transportation Authority. The city would like the service to be fully functional by mid-year.
So when can we get our own flying car? And how long will it take for us to complain about air traffic? Your guess is as good as mine.