WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF
The race is on to capture the publics imagination and create concepts for the next generation of transportation – flying cars.
It looks like no one wants to be disrupted in the future by the arrival of flying cars, or flying robo-taxi’s as they’re also known – or just big flying drones that carry people – with almost everyone, from Airbus, Aston Martin, Audi, E-Hang, Rolls Royce, to Uber and Volocopter, piling into the space and creating their own concepts, products and even flying taxi stations. Now though, in yet another announcement, German carmaker Porsche is teaming up with aerospace giant Boeing to build a resplendent flying car — a speedy and elegant way for the ultra-wealthy to glide over frustrated peasants stuck in road traffic below.
“Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility,” said Porsche exec Detlev von Platen in a press release. “In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel.”
Courtesy: Boeing and Porsche
According to Boeing NeXt executive Steve Nordlund, the partnership will provide “an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand” with emphasis on premium, so this isn’t going to be an aircraft for the average Joe.
Fittingly, the renders are gorgeous, with sleek accented lines that seemingly are inspired by Porsche’s iconic car designs, and hopefully one day we’ll see it go into production.