France’s aircraft manufacturing group “Airbus” we all have heard of it? As a veteran aircraft manufacturer in Europe R & D company. It has a bigger dream of letting autonomous vehicles fly in the sky. This sounds like a science fiction, perhaps in the near future, not only in air, but also in the air. Recently, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said at the DLD Technology Conference in Munich that Airbus plans to test a prototype of a self-driving flying car before the end of the year.
It is reported that Airbus set up the “urban air traffic” department last year, committed to the development of self-driving flying cars, in short, is a helicopter-type flying car that can carry people. Similar to the car sharing program, Airbus’ flying car is called CityAirbus. The company’s flying car project is still in the pilot phase. In addition to technical feasibility, environmental protection is also a concern for Airbus. Airbus hopes the project can solve the problem of road congestion and ease the traffic congestion caused by population growth.
According to the concept sketch published by Airbus at the time, the flying car has two wings and eight propellers underneath. The wings tilt depending on the situation when the car is flying vertically or horizontally. Currently, this flying car can only take one person. Like the current taxi app, users can subscribe and use the flying car through the APP in the future.
In addition, the initial phase of the project operation will still be operated by pilots, but in the future will gradually transition to automatic driving mode. In addition, in accordance with the plan of Airbus, flight tests will be conducted this year, and mass production prototypes will be confirmed before 2020. What are you looking forward to in the next 10 years or putting into use?