This new and futuristic vehicle concept intends to solve congestion... by flying over it?
Video: Italdesign Official Youtube
The 'Pop.Up Next' is a result of German automotive giants Audi teaming up with transport innovation company Italdesign to introduce their answer to traffic problems in cities.
The concept is a fully electronic, self driving and flying vehicle that has a modular design - meaning that the passenger cabin can be attached to either a set of wheels, or a quad-rotor flight module powered by twin electric motors in each of the rotors, capable of 60kW per motor.
The quad-rotor flight system charges in just 15 minutes, with a battery range of 60Km, according to Italdesign. On top of this, in flight, the Pop.Up Next can reach speeds of 120Km/h (74mph).
On the road, the range is doubled and more to 130Km with the same charging period of 15 minutes. However the speed takes a hit, maxing out at only 100Km/h (62mph).
Due to the vehicle being designed for the city, the ranges are much shorter than that of the Jaguar I-Pace, or similar modern electric vehicles.
You must remember that this vehicle is designed as an approach to counter congestion, and if you've ever hit 62mph in the middle of a congested city center, that's a considerably impressive accomplishment.
But just how successful will the Pop.Up Next be?
The concept video shows a seamless transition from sky to land, it shows the vehicle taking off to seek out it's next customer, it shows the vehicles interacting with one another on the streets - all incredibly smart actions that the car supposedly can perform.
All actions that are limited by the intelligence of the AI controlling the self driving technology.
Artificial Intelligence is already on our mobile phones, in our homes, and is creeping it's way into our cars already - but getting people to trust it enough that they will happily be flown without a physical pilot is another thing.
The Pop.Up Next is still a concept, so expect it to be some time until they're finding their way around the streets.
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