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Airbus Flying Car Prototype Expected to Be Complete by End of 2017

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A rendering shows Vahana, Airbus' single-occupant flying car. (Image via Vahana.aero)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 03:11 PM

Aerospace manufacturer Airbus CEO Tom Enders expects to have a working prototype of a flying car to demonstrate by the end of 2017, he said Monday at the Digital-Life-Design conference in Munich.

Airbus is currently working on single-passenger self-piloted flying vehicles, delivery drones, and self-flying buses, all of which would be clean to fly and would not create more pollution in addition to what exists today, Reuters reported.

The idea behind flying cars is to expand technology and ease congestion on the roads in many urban areas, especially big cities. Autonomous (self-driving) vehicles could even make the roads safer with technology that avoids coming too close to other vehicles, according to Fox News.

Another potential savings comes from reduced need for upkeep of roads, since there won’t be as many people using them.

“If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business,” Enders told the digital tech conference attendees, Reuters reported.

Airbus is currently the world’s largest commercial helicopter manufacturer. Investing in new technologies will help the company stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements and bring those technologies to market as quickly as possible, Fox News noted.

The project for delivery drones, known as Skyways, is looking to create large fleets of delivery drones, which would be made available to retailers like Amazon and DHL to make package delivery more effective, faster, safer, and maybe even cheaper. The multi-passenger CityAirbus would have multiple propellers and no pilots after an initial period with pilots to develop consumer confidence, Fox News reported.

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Aerospace manufacturer Airbus CEO Tom Enders expects to have a working prototype of a flying car to demonstrate by the end of 2017, he said Monday at the Digital-Life-Design conference in Munich.
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