Finally, Porsche is joining the hype of developing air taxis. The Volkswagen’s sports car maker claimed that the company is working on a drone that could be used as a flying taxi, and is close to showing off the first design sketch.
The reason behind this idea is simple. No one these days want to waste their time on traffic. While it may take hours in a gridlock, you could easily reach your destination within minutes by an aircraft.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told Automobilwoche.
As per Porsche’s plans, a huge chunk of the flight control would be automated, means you don’t need a pilot’s license to fly this drone. However, the passenger would definitely have some control over it.
As I said earlier, Porsche isn’t the first to bring the idea of flying taxis. Volvo parent Geely recently purchased the flying car startup Terrafugia, while Daimler is backing German start-ups Volocopter. Besides, at last year’s Geneva auto show, Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus introduced Pop.Up, a two-seated flying car. It looks like soon there will be traffic in the air too.