If flying cars are the future, the future is here. Airbus and Italdesign have revealed their plans how to solve the problem of traffic jams, by creating a modular vehicle that is part car, part drone. Debuting at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the concept vehicle, named Pop. Up is a two-seat carbon fiber passenger capsule that can detach from a wheeled base. All you do is tell the vehicle’s AI where to go — it’ll snap on air or ground modules based on both the available routes and your habits.
Airbus even floats the possibility of shuttling your capsule through hyperloop tubes when they’re available.
Easily the coolest part of this shared mobility system is the air module’s vertical takeoff and landing capability.
Once passengers reach their destination, the air and ground modules and capsule autonomously return to dedicated recharge stations to wait for their next customers.
If Airbus is committed to making this a real product, any practical use is going to be years away.