Aerospace company Airbus Group announced they will build and test a prototype of a self-piloted flying car by the end of the year. They want to find a way to “use” the sky to reduce city traffic — in the same way innovators used the underground a century ago to build subways.
The CEO, Tom Enders, said the prototype could be a small flying car that will transport individuals or for it to be a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. People can book to ride it by using an app.
The technology would use clean energy and would save costs for cities — as they don’t have to spend billions of dollars on building roads and bridges.
Airbus is the world’s largest maker of commercial helicopters and builds many commercial and private jets — so they are very capable of creating flying machines. The CEO said they wanted to invest in this because there is now technology for self-driven cars and artificial intelligence.
I hope they name their prototype “The Jetson.” I wonder what it’ll look like. Got to wait a year.