Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete in the coming market for air taxis and ride-sharing services, its sales chief Detlev von Platen told the German magazine Automobilwoche.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from [the Porsche plant in] Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour…flying would take only three a half minutes,” von Platen was reported as saying.
A number of companies are already working on designs in anticipation of the move from conventional cars to airborne, self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps. At last year’s Geneva auto show Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up.
Other potential rivals includeVolocopter, Lilium Jet, AeroMobil and more. Read more about some of the contenders here.
The magazine said Porsche planned to give passengers some control over the flying vehicle, but they would not need a pilot’s licence because many of the car’s functions would be automated.