Airbus, a highly successful commercial manufacturer of Jetliners is all set for a latest release. The consortium is much concerned about rapidly increasing traffic on the roads and for the purpose has launched multiple flying cars to provide for a solution. The group’s chief on Monday revealed that soon the group would be testing a prototype of a self- piloted flying car.
Last year the group formed a division called, Urban Air Mobility that had an entirely different approach. It was conceptualized to be a multi-purpose vehicle. It was designed as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The primary focus was to provide convenience to public by allowing them to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech in a conference in Munich that, “One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,”
He also talked about his hopes regarding the vehicle. He wants to bring it into reality as a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year. He stated for the same, “We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,”
Also, he put forward his clean environment approach by saying that they only work with technologies that do not pollute environment. As the level of pollution is already high in congested cities.
He said that using sky as a platform of transportation can have great benefits. It will reduce development costs of infrastructure for planners. He further elaborated saying, “With flying, you don’t need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads,”
Enders said on behalf of Airbus, world’s largest maker of commercial helicopters that they want to invest their resources in bringing some transformation. They want to get maximum benefits from the new technology by putting it to the best possible use. They have already worked on autonomous driving and artificial intelligence which has brought significant changes in the arena of flying.
He also commented, “If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business.”
So, let us all wait and see what the results of this trial turns out to be.