Audi, Airbus and Italdesign at the Drone Week event in Amsterdam organized a public demonstration of an autonomous prototype of the flying electric car, Pop.Up Next. Thanks to the modular design, this vehicle is capable of driving smoothly on public roads, and in case of blockages or other obstacles – to overcome them by air.
In the center of the notion of Pop. Next There is a double capsule that can be placed on a wheel (to travel on the road) or fixed in a special compartment of a flying thorn (for air movement). In order to "transfer" the capsule to the droning and subsequent unloading, the wheel base is equipped with a special lift. Cabin crew are simple passengers, total system control, including turn-by-turn and overrunning, is done automatically.
It remains to be added that the demonstration took place on the example of a compact Pop.Up Next on a 1: 4 scale. However, the representatives of Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are convinced that the aspect of commercial taxis based on their creation remains to wait for a few years .
Remember, according to the original plans, the Pop.Up double cap is made of carbon fiber and is 2.6 m long in width 1.4 m in height and 1.5 m in height. In air mode, take-off and the landing is done vertically, the maximum flight interval is 100 km, while the 136 kW (17 kW for each of the eight electric motors) allows you to reach a speed of up to 100 km / h. in the air module is 70 kWh, the load time is 15 minutes, the take-off weight is 600 kg.
The "ground-moving" truck is equipped with an electric power unit of 60 kW, driving a pair of rear wheels. The maximum travel speed is the same at 100 km / h, and the travel range is 130 km with a battery capacity of 15 kWh.