Audi, Italdesign and Airbus combine self-driving car and passenger drone Pop.Up Next

Audi, Italdesign and Airbus combine self-driving car and passenger drone Pop.Up Next

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Audi, Italdesign and Airbus are presenting Pop.Up Next at the Geneva Motor Show. That is an entirely electric, fully automatic concept for horizontal and vertical mobility. In the distant future, this vehicle could transport people in cities quickly and conveniently on the road and in the air, at the same time-solving traffic problems. The interior feature is a 49-inch screen, while the interaction between humans and the machine happens through speech and face recognition, eye-tracking and a touch function.

The ultra-light, two-seater passenger cabin can be attached either to a car module or to a flight module. Audi is supporting the project with know-how on battery technology and automation.

“Creativity is needed where new mobility concepts for cities and people’s diverse needs are concerned. Italdesign is an incubator for innovative technologies and radical prototyping. Pop.Up Next is an ambitious vision that could permanently change our urban life in the future,” says Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi Board Member for Procurement and President of Italdesign.

Audi, Italdesign and Airbus are presenting Pop.Up Next: an entirely electric, fully automatic concept for horizontal and vertical mobility

Italdesign develops future-oriented vehicle concepts for Audi and customers around the globe. Jörg Astalosch, CEO of Italdesign, says: “Various players will define the rules of urban mobility in the future. We are proud to collaborate with Airbus, the leading company in the aerospace industry, to investigate solutions for future mobility.”

Astalosch sees Pop.Up Next as a flexible on-demand concept that could open up mobility in the third dimension to people in cities. Italdesign is making use of a network of cities, universities and various stakeholders in order to better anticipate the future of mobility in cities. The first version of Pop.Up already had its premiere at the Geneva Autosalon a year ago.

Among the other Audi features at the Geneva Motor Show are the models A6 and Audi e-tron prototype. This is the eighth generation of the A6 successful luxury sedan while e-tron prototype offers a preview of the first all-electric model from the brand.

A6 introduces numerous innovations into the segment and together with A8 and A7 Sportback is an ambassador for the new Audi design language. For the launch in Europe, Audi offers it with two powerful engines featuring a mild hybrid system as standard.

The e-tron prototype showcases the high-voltage drive system while the electrifying exterior conceals a sporty premium SUV. There is space for five people, similar to that of a typical Audi luxury class model. Its extensive connectivity and assistance solutions offer even greater safety and convenience. Highlights among the driver assistance systems include the parking pilot and garage pilot, which will expand the range of options offered during the course of the year, as well as the adaptive driving assistant.

 

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