Drone-car hybrid takes flight and provides a glimpse into the future of transport

Mail Online | 11/27/2018 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A scale model of a flying drone-car mashup has been unveiled which could provide a preview of future taxis.

The 'Pop.Up Next' prototype drone was driven and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall.

Partnership - Aviation - Giant - Airbus - Automaker

It is made in partnership with aviation giant Airbus, automaker Audi and Italdesign design house.

The revolutionary design is is made up of three separate modules - a chassis with wheels, a two-seat capsule for passengers and a four-rotor drone.

Concept - Size - Scale - Model - Flight

The concept has been shown before, but a one-quarter size scale model made its maiden public flight Tuesday at the Amsterdam Drone Week convention.

Just don't plan on hailing such an airborne ride any time soon.

Airbus - Executive - Jean - Brice - Demont

Airbus executive Jean Brice Demont estimates it will take more than a decade for a large-scale rollout of such a service.

The concept has been shown before, but a one-quarter-size scale model made its maiden public flight at the Amsterdam Drone Week convention.

Drone - Hall - Parking - Spot - Car

First, the drone flew across the hall and landed on a black parking spot. Then a small car drove itself underneath the drone and its passenger capsule was lifted up to latch onto the underside of the drone.

'Once the two were docked, the drone lifted off again and flew back to its starting point, where the capsule was lowered onto another set of wheels to continue its journey.

Model - Test - Flight - Hitch

The model's test flight went off without a hitch, but don't plan on hailing such an...
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