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Porsche signals an interest in developing flying taxis

Porsche signals an interest in developing flying taxis Porsche signals an interest in developing flying taxis
Nellie Chapman | 06 March, 2018, 15:51

News that apparently has been confirmed by the auto manufacturer and a sales director from Porsche saying that he wouldn't be surprised.

According to the publication, the company's sales director, Detlev von Platen, commented: "It does make sense". The German vehicle company would face stiff competition from companies like Volocopter, Ehang, Workhorse and Bell but also Airbus and Boeing as all of them are pursuing the dream of flying taxis and some of which already have working prototypes. When I'm driving from Zuffenhausen to the Stuttgart Airport, I need at least half an hour, when I'm lucky.

Companies, including Ehang, Airbus, Boeing, Uber, are now working on unmanned aerial solutions to transportation.

Volkswagen's sports auto maker Porsche could potentially develop its own flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services.

Finally, Porsche is joining the hype of developing air taxis. "Flying would take only three and a half minutes", Mr. von Platen told Automobilwoche magazine. But, the major flying role of the vehicles would be automated; therefore, passengers would not need pilot licenses.

To some people, the concept of flying cars might seem like a science fiction, but you won't believe that there are several companies that are already working on creating flying cars.

German automaker Porsche is toying with the idea of bringing hovercars to life, according to Reuters, building on parent firm Volkswagen's two-seater flying vehicle concept - PopUp - that was showcased at last year's Geneva International Motor Show.

Flying taxis and drones have become a blossoming pursuit for many companies, as they look to the future and envision ways to alleviate the congestion in cities and reduce gridlock.