As World population is increasing the development in each sector of life is the need of the hour. According to a report, by 2030, 60% of the World’s population would living in cities. That’s alarming. By this growth in cities there is any stipulation that the traffic would also be expanding exponentially.
Hence, the aircraft manufacturer is now developing solutions to curb this urban congestion and one of them includes a single-passenger vehicle that can fly. The other solutions include autonomous buses and delivery drones too. Airbus shared it’s details in a blog post on Medium and the concept art depicts a craft that has the ability to take off and land vertically.
The craft will have two sets of wings attached to four electric motors. It will have helicopter-like struts, to assist in the craft for taking off and landing vertically.
Airbus is best known for manufacturing large jetliners such as the AIRBUS A380 and is also investing heavily for the future of modern avionics.
Airbus has two advantage over other aviation start-ups i.e. funding and experience.
For this new venture by AIRBUS, A3 chief executive Rodin Lyasoff had said, “The aircraft we’re building doesn’t need a runway, is self-piloted, and can automatically detect and avoid obstacles and other aircraft. It would be designed to carry a single passenger or cargo, we’re aiming to make it the first certified passenger aircraft without a pilot.”
This project by Airbus is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Lyasoff also wrote that if successful, Airbus is ready to sell these cars by 2020″.
However, there will be many hurdles before this flying car is ready for commercial/passenger use.