One of the vehicles revealed at the 87th Geneva Auto Show was Pop.Up – the first modular, fully electric, zero emission concept vehicle system is designed to relieve traffic congestion in crowded megacities.
Pop.Up has a V10 engines that enables it to reach 96.5 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in just over three seconds. But Italdesign, of the Volkswagen Group, revealed something else: it can also fly.
It’s a concept vehicle developed by Italdesign, in cooperation with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with an appearance not unlike a Smart car.
The vehicle also has a separate gigantic drone that can fly in and attach itself. If the car gets stuck in traffic, the drone arrives from above, merges itself to the roof of the passenger compartment and then flies it away.
In the meantime, the ground chassis with automatic driving system can be automatically directed to the recharge center while the passengers travel to their destination on board a ‘helicopter’.
The idea is for the vehicles to be shared by a number users.
They will be requested through an Uber-type app and will be smart enough to decide when it is best to travel by land or air to get from one place to another. The cars and giant drones will go from one place to another picking up and leaving people as needed.
— Airbus Group (@AirbusGroup) March 7, 2017
According to Italdesign, Pop.Up System consists of a three layers concept:
– an Artificial Intelligence platform that, based on its user knowledge, manages the travel complexity offering alternative usage scenarios and assuring a seamless travel experience;
– a vehicle shaped as a passenger capsule designed to be coupled with two different and independent electric propelled modules, the ground module and the air module. Other public means of transportation (e.g. trains or hyperloops) could also integrate the Pop.Up capsule;
– an interface module that dialogues with users in a fully virtual environment.
Both Italdesign and Airbus say they are working on making these vehicles a reality. Read more here.
Image source: Italdesign