Airbus Flying Car Prototype Planned to Undergo Flight Tests in 2017

Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 7:04PM
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Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 7:04PM
Airbus Flying Car Prototype Planned to Undergo Flight Tests in 2017
Tired of dealing with traffic? So is Airbus, and that's why they hope to have a flying taxi service taking to the skies sometime in the near future. The company currently has technology in development that offers commuters an alternative to getting caught in rush hour traffic, an aircraft which some are describing simply as a flying car.

Here's what the company has to say about their current project:

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Silicon Valley may pride itself on speed, but during rush hour, everything around the IT Mecca grinds to a halt. The situation is even worse in cities such as Mumbai, Manila, or Tokyo…

To address this rising concern, Airbus Group is harnessing its experience to make the dream of all commuters and travelers come true one day: to fly over traffic jams at the push of a button.
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In as little as ten years, we could have products on the market that revolutionise urban travel for millions of people.
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Airbus' plans are detailed and focus on the practicality that such a service could bring. Traffic congestion is already a huge problem in large cities, and yet by 2030, it's estimated that the amount of Earth's population living in cities will rise by ten percent. The rise of new technologies that offer individuals a more efficient way of getting around is both inevitable and seemingly right around the corner.  

According to Airbus, one of the obstacles that they're still trying to overcome is the development of an obstacle avoidance system like those being implemented in driverless cars. With this sort of technology currently booming in the industry, it's not hard to imagine that this obstacle will indeed be overcome sometime soon, however. Even then, laws still need to be created to govern the use of such means of transportation. Just as well, Airbus still hopes to have overcome these obstacles, and they plan to have their first flying car undergo flight tests by the end of 2017.

With the development of such flying taxis and other means of transportation like HyperLoop, it seems as though a revolution in transportation technology may be about to take place. That's certainly exciting to think about, and it'll be interesting to see what the future holds for companies like Airbus, who're striving to provide individuals with faster and more efficient ways to travel.
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