HAIL­ING THE FU­TURE TAXI: DRONE-CAR MASHUP MODEL TAKES FLIGHT

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A scale model of a fly­ing drone-car drove and hov­ered across an Am­s­ter­dam ex­hi­bi­tion hall Tues­day, pro­vid­ing a glimpse of what could be the fu­ture of ur­ban mo­bil­ity.

The “Pop.Up Next” pro­to­type drone, be­ing devel­oped by avi­a­tion gi­ant Air­bus, au­tomaker Audi and the Italde­sign de­sign house is made up of three sep­a­rate mod­ules — a chas­sis with wheels, a two-seat cap­sule for pas­sen­gers and a four-ro­tor drone. The con­cept has been shown be­fore, but a one-quar­ter-size scale model made its maiden pub­lic flight at the Am­s­ter­dam Drone Week con­ven­tion.

First, the drone flew across the hall and landed on a black park­ing spot. Then a small car drove it­self un­der­neath the drone and its pas­sen­ger cap­sule was lifted up to latch onto the un­der­side of the drone. Once the two were docked, the drone lifted off again and flew back to its start­ing point, where the cap­sule was low­ered onto an­other set of wheels to con­tinue its jour­ney.

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