Audi tests miniature self-flying taxi during Drone Week

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Audi, Airbus and Italdesign have presented a flying taxi concept which combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone.

The companies showed  a 1:4 scale model of its Pop.Up Next during Drone Week in Amsterdam, reported Techcrunch.

The passenger cabin can detach from the sled to be carried freely by the jumbo-sized quadcopter.

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“Flying taxis are on the way. We at Audi are convinced of that. More and more people are moving to cities. And more and more people will be mobile thanks to automation,” said Dr Bernd Martens, president of the Audi subsidiary Italdesign.

Audi is conducting tests in South America with Voom, a subsidiary of Airbus, where customers can book helicopter flights.

It looks like flying taxis are the future as it appeals to city dwellers because they benefit from it if traffic between roads and airspace is allocated smartly.



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