Airbus, one of the world’s largest aerospace companies, was excited to announce that they will be officially testing a small prototype for the first flying car by the end of the year. Previously, Airbus was involved in airborne transportation as they created the Urban Air Mobility division in order to research ways to minimize traffic congestion on urban roads. The division wanted to create an application, like Uber or Lyft, to allow airborne vehicles to pick up passengers in crowded urban areas. Through its innovative ‘vertical take-off and landing’ technology’, they believed it would be in production by 2021.
Many leaders in technology, such as Uber, Google, and Amazon, are investing in airborne transportation from the flying car to delivery drones. Experts believe that autonomous driving will revolutionize the car industry in the coming decade as Airbus chief executive Tom Enders accepts that this technology will have a similar impact on airborne transport. He wants to bring us “above ground” and feels that if “they ignore developments they will be pushed out of important business segments.” We at Abe Farag Family Foundation are so excited to hear about these developments and look forward to seeing what Airbus will bring us in the future!