Airbus is showcasing a concept car design called Pop.Up at the Geneva Auto Show

Posted on Sep 8 2017 - 9:10pm by David Gregorio

Airbus lately unveiled Pop.Up concept flying car at the continuing Geneva International Motor display, and it created quite a stir for what it showcased and for the promise of extra. The Pop.Up – evolved under the organisation’s task Vahana – resembles a capsule and might connect with a 4-wheeled setup for travel on street. When the need arises to upward push, the automobile will detach itself from the base and take to the skies – all far flung managed through a cellular app.

The concept technology comes at a time whilst many groups, inclusive of Alphabet’s Waymo and Tesla, are seeking to self-riding car tech as the next big thing in transportation. They hope that in the following couple of years, you may be able to hop in a car and no longer want to engage with it in any respect. Additionally they promise higher safety.


Pop.Up System consists of a 3 layers concept:

  1. an artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that, based on its patron understanding, manages the tour complexity presenting possibility utilization situations and assuring a seamless excursion revel in;
  2. a vehicle formed as a passenger capsules designed to be coupled with two special and unbiased electric powered propelled modules (the floor module and the air module). different public way of transportation (e.g. trains or hyperloops) could also combine the Pop.Up capsule;
  3. an interface module that dialogues with customers in a totally digital surroundings.

Airbus claims, “The Pop.Up car combines the power of a small two seater floor automobile with the freedom and pace of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air automobile, consequently bridging the automobile and aerospace domain.”

Made from carbon-fibre so one can be extraordinarily light, the Pop.Up measures 2.6 metres long, 1.4 metres excessive, and 1.5 metres wide. In air, it’d be powered by eight rotors. The bottom frame too is made from carbon-fibre and is battery powered. As soon as the journey is entire – the air and base bodies would return to their dedicated charging stations independently and get prepared for the next journey.

At the same time as no time frame has been provided for while the Pop.Up would truly zip metropolis skies, it is mainly meant for business transportation purposes and now not for non-public convenience.

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