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Two companies come together to build flying car concept to fly over traffic

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Two companies come together to build flying car concept to fly over traffic

Italdesign, Audi’s design and engineering subsidiary, and aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, are working together on developing a futuristic car that would allow for the upper body of the vehicle to be airlifted by a drone so that it could fly over traffic congestion, sources said.

Italdesign will debut a concept for the new, futuristic car at the Geneva auto show on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.

The concept is for a two-stage car that would cruise through the city streets. The passenger of the vehicle would sit in a capsule on top of a self-driving chassis. When the vehicle comes upon traffic, a large drone would pick up the capsule and fly it to its desired destination. The drone would measure about 5 meters by 5 meters.

In the Capsula concept, unveiled by Italdesign at the 1982 Turin auto show, the car had an upper body and chassis that could separate. This concept featured an Alfa Romeo chassis with a cabin on top. There were also different upper cabins that could be switched out according to what was needed, such as a passenger car, commercial van or a mini bus.

The new concept by Italdesign and Airbus would be a ground/air vehicle that would offer shared individual mobility in crowded cities.

Italdesign is looking for an innovative and futuristic solution to mobility to increase its engineering and prototype business. The company also wants to expand its customer base beyond just the traditional automakers.

However, do not get this project confused with other flying car concepts. This project is not related to the Vahana project that is under development by Airbus. The aircraft manufacturer plans to test a prototype for a helicopter-style car that would be used for ride-sharing by the end of the year.

Airbus estimates that by 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, which is 10 percent more than already do today. The company has decided that “to address this rising concern” they would design a car that could overcome the traffic on the ground.

The aircraft manufacturer is working on a project to “make the dream of all commuters and travelers come true one day: to fly over traffic jams at the push of a button.”

“In as little as ten years, we could have products on the market that revolutionize urban travel for millions of people,” A^3 CEO, the company’s partner on this project, Rodin Lyasoff said.

Both companies declined to comment for this story.

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