Airbus Plans to Test a Flying Car Prototype By the End of 2017
On Monday, Airbus CEO Tom Enders revealed plans for the company to test a prototype for a self-piloted flying car by the end of the year.
Ultimately, the goal of the flying car would be to help people avoid gridlock on busy streets by taking to the skies.
“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech conference in Munich.
“We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,” he said, adding that he believed Airbus could fly a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of 2017.
Enders continued, “With flying, you don’t need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads,” hinting at the fact cities could save money on infrastructure.
Lastly, in reference to ushering new technologies and AI driving and flying, Enders said, “If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business.”