Airbus Is Testing A Flying Car Prototype By The End Of This Year

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Imagine walking to a helipad every day to get to work instead of running to the tube. It might be closer than you’d think…

Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus has just announced that flying cars are in our near future. For real.

According to an article by The Telegraph, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders stated that the company would be testing a prototype of a flying car at the end of this year.

Airbus also formed a company called Urban Air Mobility in 2016 with the intention of looking into different modes of transport such as a helicopter “bus”, which you could order with an app like Uber.

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VTOL or ‘vertical take off and landing’ has become the new trend in modern transportation lately with organisations such as Uber, Amazon Google and Chinese company E-Hang seriously considering its implementation into their products. After all, why drive on the ground when you can fly from A to B?

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“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground; now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground,” Enders told the DLD conference in Munich [as reported by The Telegraph].

Additionally, not only will Airbus be testing out a flying car, but the vehicle will also be autonomous.

The ‘CityAirbus’ will be tested soon, and we might be soaring through the air before we know it.

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