Audi, Airbus and Italdesign at the Drone Week event in Amsterdam conducted a public demonstration of an autonomous prototype of the flying electric car Pop.Up Next. Due to the modular design, this vehicle is able to drive on public roads without problems, and in the event of traffic jams or other obstacles – to overcome them by air.
The concept of Pop.up Next is based on a double capsule that can be placed on a wheel base (for driving on roads) or fixed in a special room of a flying drone (for air movement). To "transfer" the capsule to the drone and subsequent discharge, the wheel base is equipped with a special lift. People in the cabin are simple passengers, all control of the system, including processing in each of the states and overcoming the route, is accomplished automatically.
It should be added that the demonstration took place in the example of a compact layout Pop.Up Next on a scale of 1: 4. However, representatives of Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are confident that the appearance of commercial taxis based on their creation continues to wait a few years.
Remember that according to the original plans, the double capsule Pop.Up is made of carbon fiber and has dimensions of 2.6 m in length, 1.4 m wide and 1.5 m high. In air mode, take-off and landing are performed vertically, the maximum flight range is 100 km, while the 136 kW power plant (17 kW for each of the 8 electric motors) allows you to gain speeds up to 100 km / H. The capacity of the battery in the air module is 70 kWh, the charging time is 15 minutes, the take-off weight is 600 kg.
"Trolley" for ground movement is equipped with a 60 kW electric power unit, setting in motion a pair of rear wheels. The maximum speed of movement is equal to 100 km / h, and the range of the race is 130 km with a battery capacity of 15 kWh.