Volkswagen’s sports car manufacturer, Porsche, is considering developing a flying car to compete with other manufacturers in the urban passenger car market, Detlev von Platen, Porsche’s sales director, told Automobilwoche, a German automotive magazine. “It really would make sense. If I want to get to Stuttgart airport from Zuffenhausen (where the Porsche plant is), for example, it will take at least half an hour, if not more. Flying for 3-6 minutes,” Von Platen said.
Many automakers are already developing flying cars, anticipating a shift in demand from traditional vehicles to self-drivers, which can be rented using mobile apps. Volkswagen car design firm Italdesign and Airbus have already unveiled a two-seater flying car called the Pop.Up at last year’s Geneva Motor Show that is specifically designed to avoid road jams. Our picture shows this. According to Porsche’s plan, the passenger would also have some control over his future flying car, but he would not need a driver’s license because most of the vehicle’s functions would be automatic, Automobilwoche wrote.
A potential competitor to Porsche’s flying car would be German startups Daimler-backed Volocopter, Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as American Terrafugia and Joby Aviation. A flying car is also being developed in Slovakia, the prototype of the Aeromobil has already made its first takeoffs.