<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER 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

Friday, October 13, 2017

THREE years since Hertfordshire’s historic Panshanger Aerodrome closed its gates a campaign spearheaded by the local community has won the backing of celebrity aviators, politicians and business leaders determined to see flying resume at the site.

Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017

The single-engine Archer TX lead the sales expansion as they delivered 42 aircraft worth $48.6m

Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017

TAG Farnborough Airport has announced that 26-year-old Leo Tang has been awarded the TAG Flying Scholarship 2017 which will provide training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).

Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017

A surprise speaker will talk about the challenge of filming aviation scenes for Dunkirk at the October 28 event

Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017

At least 23 pedal-powered aircraft will be appearing at Brooklands Museum on October 15

Read more
Friday, October 6, 2017

The Tiger Club has moved from Headcorn to Damyns Hall Aerodrome near Upminster, Essex. Report by Mike Jerram

Read more
Friday, October 6, 2017

Dundee-based pilots Rachel Foyle and Claire Birch are embarking on a ten-day trip to around UK to promote women in aviation. The flight is being made in memory of the late Evie Saunders who donated to locally-based Tayside Aviation an aircraft in which more than 260 Air Cadet and Air League Educational Trust flying scholarships have been completed. Report from Mike Jerram

Read more
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your October sorted.

Read more
Friday, September 29, 2017

Pilatus is to stop manufacturing its iconic Porter utility aircraft, which has been in continuous production since 1959. Currently the company builds no more than ten Porters each year, and will cease production altogether in early 2019. Last orders must be received by mid-2018.

Read more
Friday, September 29, 2017

Launched online earlier this year The Skyway Code is claimed to provide private pilots with easy, quick access to key information. This ‘must-have’ guide for GA pilots has been updated and printed copies are now available to buy from aviation supplier AFE online.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine