Porsche is looking to bring the flying taxi from Futurama to life.
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 car concept – PopUp – that was showcased at last year’s Geneva International Motor Show.
“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.
The venture would put Porsche alongside a slew of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a major shift in the transport market – the most notable of which is Uber, who is hoping to revolutionise the taxi industry with hovercars.
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It’s believed that Porsche is hoping to enter the same space, manufacturing flying passenger vehicles to compete with rivals in a possible market for air taxis and ride-sharing services, instead of producing hovercars for the mass consumer market.
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