(in photos: Audi's Pop Up Next, a project with Italdesign and Airbus)
Readers who closely followed the Geneva Motor Show may have noticed that besides the slew of new car launches and concepts, one of the major highlights was the flying car. We even gave you a closer look at the PAL-V Liberty, a flying car from Dutch manufacturer PAL-V that acts both as a road going vehicle and an airborne conveyance.
Apparently, the Dutch aren’t the only ones hard at work trying to get us up in the air. Audi, together with Italdesign, likewise presented the Pop Up Next during the show in Switzerland. The concept is a collaboration with aerospace giant Airbus that serves up a quadcopter that is attached to a motorized base.
In theory, it is an electric car that can detach from the base and fly off with the help of the qudcopter. Italidesign says that it is an electric, zero-emissions autonomous vehicle that is designed to help solve traffic in congested urban areas.
The Audi-Airbus-Italidesgn Pop Up Next is envisioned as a ride-sharing service with the motorized vehicles ferrying passengers around town. This is complemented by the quadcopter that would pick up these passengers and take them across town much faster—in the air.