FREE POOLEYS FLIGHT GUIDE Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Is it a car? Is it a plane? Is it a robot?

PUBLISHED: 15:40 21 April 2017

Notes p10

Notes p10

DANIELFORTMANN·COM

All three according to Italdesign and Airbus, who displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March Pop.Up, an ‘electric, zero-emissions, multi-mode modular vehicle system designed to relieve traffic congestion in crowded megacities that makes full use of both ground and airspace.’

The Pop.Up System consists of three elements: an artificial intelligence platform; a vehicle shaped as a passenger capsule designed to be coupled with two different and independent electrically propelled modules (ground and air); and ‘an interface module that dialogues with users in a fully virtual environment.’

At the heart of the concept is a monocoque carbonfibre passenger capsule which transforms itself into a city car by coupling to the battery-powered ground module’s chassis. To escape road traffic, the capsule disconnects from the ground module and is carried by an air module propelled by eight counter-rotating rotors. Once passengers reach their destination, air and ground modules autonomously return to recharge stations to wait for their next customers.

‘The Pop.Up... [bridges] the automotive and aerospace domains,’ Airbus says. ‘Pop.Up’s modus operandi is simple: passengers plan their journey and book their trip via an easy-to-use app. The system automatically suggests the best transport solution according to user knowledge, timing, traffic congestion, costs and ridesharing demands, joining either the air or ground module or other means of transportation to the passenger capsule, and following passengers’ preferences and needs.

‘Thanks to the possibility of combining the capsule also with other means of public transportation, the Pop.Up offers a seamless travel experience.

The user can stay for the entire journey in the same capsule without worrying about switching between different travel modes and enjoy the entire commute time, with real time interaction between the capsule and the surrounding urban environment and communities.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Thu, 10:10

The Flying Instructor Network Group held its first meeting at Stoke airfield on 26 April.

Read more
Thu, 09:55

Scientists have debunked one of the most commonly held myths in science – how an aerofoil produces lift

Read more
Thu, 09:47

Uber and electric aircraft producer Pipistrel have signed a long-term partnership for large-scale deployment of electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (VTOLs).

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

All three according to Italdesign and Airbus, who displayed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March Pop.Up, an ‘electric, zero-emissions, multi-mode modular vehicle system designed to relieve traffic congestion in crowded megacities that makes full use of both ground and airspace.’

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Bill Brennand, who for many decades was a leading light in the Experimental Aircraft Association, died on 14 March, aged 92.

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

The Light Aircraft Company Ltd has a new EASA Supplemental Type Certificate for Schleicher Gliders that will reduce the costs and speed up recovering Oratex materials.

Read more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It is a busy year in the world of aviation, here is a comprehensive guide of what to do and where to go in 2017

Read more
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sporting a snazzy colour scheme, Diamond’s DA50-V prototype made its public debut at the AERO Friedrichshafen last week, just two weeks after its maiden flight. It will be, claims Diamond, ‘the most modern, most efficient single-engine piston aircraft with the widest body and highest payload in its class’.

Read more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The CAA advises pilots holding ‘third country’ PPL who are yet to convert their licenses to meet European regulations of the steps they must take in order to continue to fly in the UK after 8 April 2017, following a decision by the Department for Transport. Third country licences are those issued by non-European countries

Read more
Friday, April 7, 2017

Daher’s latest member of the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family – the TBM 910 – is making its first public appearance at this week’s AERO Friedrichshafen

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine