In our ever-innovating society it seems that the realm of science fiction is no longer fantasy. From penile exoskeletons, to the expansion of Virtual Reality, technology is unbound from conventional limitations and soaring to new heights.
Just like the Wright Brothers challenged the sky with the introduction of flight capabilities for humanity, engineers over at Airbus’ Silicon Valley division A³ are now challenging the skies yet again through testing their latest prototype.
Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus Group, in a recent tech conference in Munich, Germany, commented to a crowd that their flying car prototype dubbed Vahana, will be ready for testing at an ambiguous date at the end of 2017.
Enders in his address states that,
“One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground.”
In referencing the ambitious projects towards pioneering subway development for urban metropolises, Enders is committed to making complete societal restructuring through essentially creating a new platform similar to taxi services that employs a new dimension of travel.
According to Reuters, Enders is ambitious about the project’s capacity to revolutionize travel and envisions a new entry into public transportation as the hovercraft would be autonomous and accessible through an app.
“We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously,” Enders commented that the pioneering of such technology could completely rewrite the book on urban development, but would also have to take into account the potential air hazards autonomous flying tech of this nature could have.
Airbus currently is the largest company for helicopter manufacturing and has been taking a great interest into the emergent technology that companies like Uber and Lyft have been able to utilize, and even further finding an immense attraction towards autonomous tech has for all industries.
Let’s wait and see what heights Airbus manages to achieve later this year.
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