Porsche exec touts highly automated flying taxi


Porsche AG is developing drones for passenger transport, Automobilwoche magazine wrote on Sunday, citing information obtained from Detlev von Platen, member of the board responsible for sales and marketing. He said the third dimension is what motivates the company and indicated project design may be presented soon. The carmaker registered as Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG is increasingly focusing on the potentials of urban air taxi services and ride-hailing platforms, the article adds.

A highly automated aircraft could take people from the factory of Volkswagen AG’s subsidiary in Zuffenhausen to the airport in Stuttgart in three and a half minutes or half an hour faster than what it would take to get there by land, Von Platen said. He revealed the concept includes giving passengers partial control and that a pilot license wouldn’t be necessary.

VRCO of Nottingham joined the race in November with its NeoXCraft, worked on together with scientists from the University of Derby. VW’s Italdesign and Airbus unveiled last year the future two-seater Pop.Up. Volocopter, funded by Daimler, competes in the sector in Germany together with Lilium Jet and eVolo. In the United States, Uber, Boeing,¬†Terrafugia and Joby Aviation have similar projects.


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