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March 16, 2018

Porsche Sales Chief: Why Sure, We Might Create Flying Porches That Will Serve as Flying Robotic Taxis

You had my attention, now you've got my interest.

Volkswagen's sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine. ...

Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.

Volkswagen's auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year's Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.

Is the future finally coming?

Porsche's guy said that passengers would have "some" control over the vehicle, despite not having a pilot's licence, because most (that is, all) of the flying would be done by computers. I assume this just means paying extra to speed up or fly higher, or changing destination mid-route. Stuff you can just do with your phone through an Uber-type app.


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