PHOTO: Airbus once again spreads its wings beyond planes. (photo via Flickr/fredsharples)
Airbus, the people who bring you one zany patent after another, is hoping to literally launch you into the air with an innovation straight out of science fiction.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Airbus and Italdesign unveiled something very close to those newfangled flying cars of which we dreamed when we were kids.
Taking a page from folks flying their drones around the park on a lazy Sunday, Airbus presumably thought: Let’s just pick up cars and take them around town. And that’s what Pop.Up resembles: A giant drone picking up a small car as if it were a toy, whisking it away as if it were all perfectly normal.
Obviously, your interest is piqued, and we have an idea as to what this magical contraption would resemble.
Engadget explains that the above is merely a concept design; It’s closer to those fictional flying conveyances than your real-life commute solution.
The depression shouldn’t last long, however. Flying cars may see their day in the travel sun shortly.
Back in August, we noted Airbus’ A3 and its work on Vahana, detailed as a way to transport cargo and people across city skylines. This February, Dubai's Roads & Transportation Agency Mattar al-Tayer shocked and amused the world with its announcement of a drone flying service that would carry solo travelers to parts of town.
In this case, Dubai officials hope to have some version of the taxis in service by July of this year!
We would love to have the ability to call Pop.Up like an Uber, only to have it arrive and take to the air when it needed to skirt traffic. But we’ll wait patiently for the solution that finally does come to market.
Judging by the latest news, we may not have to wait long.