The flying car has been a human fascination for over 100 years. Some prototypes have emerged throughout history, including the Hall Flying Car which could have changed everything in 1946.
With technology growing exponentially today, it’s no surprise that manufacturers are interested in the possibility of flying vehicles. The most recent firm to express itself in this direction is Volkswagen, which is currently carrying out a feasibility study on the possibility of going ahead, one day, in the Chinese market.
“Beyond autonomous driving, the concept of vertical mobility could be a next step in advancing our approach to mobility in the future, in particular in the technically refined Chinese market. We are therefore studying the concepts and potential partners as part of a feasibility study in order to identify the possibility of industrializing this approach, ”the German group said in a press release.
In a Linkedin interview with Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess, the automaker’s Chinese chief Stephan Woellenstein said the company wanted to develop a drone that could be fired, giving it a way to participate in this future market.
This news comes to us as a host of emerging companies, as well as established manufacturers, compete to develop commercial “robot-taxis”. According to the Morgan Stanley firm, this market could be worth $ 1.5 trillion by 2040. We can then understand the interest of many.
In addition to big players like Volkswagen and Airbus, groups like Joby, based in the United States, Lilium, in Germany, and Volocopter, whose backers are Daimler and Intel, are pursuing such projects.
Lilium, for example, announced last November that it would set up its first US base near Orlando, giving more than 20 million Floridians access to the company’s winged electric planes. These can take off vertically and cover a distance of 300 km.