Could Your Next Audi Model Take Off And Fly Away?

Flying Car

Well, the German automaker is working on it.

As roads become more congested and companies look for high tech means of alternative transportation, the idea of a flying car never seems to fade away into an afterthought of science fiction. In fact, we have never been closer to a fully production flying car. Several companies are working on the concept, including Uber. As Automotive News Europe Reports, Audi and Airbus have just teamed up to test flying cars in and around the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt. The two companies signed a deal with the German government to allow the testing.

Airbus has already presented its Pop.Up Next Concept - a mobility concept with a two-seater pod that can be attached to a base with wheels or a drone. The concept car could be driven around until traffic worsens, then be attached to a drone to complete the journey.

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The idea of the testing is to counter clogged city roads in Germany. "Flying taxis aren't a vision any longer, they can take us off into a new dimension of mobility," said German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. "They're a huge opportunity for companies and young startups that already develop this technology very concretely and successfully."