Get Ready For a Flying Porsche… And You Won’t Even Have To Drive It!

Sun 4th Mar 2018

German car manufacturer Porsche has long pushed the boundaries of what is possible in the motor vehicle industry, but their latest announcement is truly revolutionary – the flying car.

Porsche, owned by Volkswagen these says, could be set to change the way we get around forever,  sales chief, Detlev von Platen revealed in a German magazine this week that they could put urban air taxis and ride sharing services into production, putting an end to road congestion, in one quite literal swoop.

"That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I'm lucky. Flying would take only three-and-a-half minutes," von Platen told Automobilwoche.

The flying car has long been a dream of many transport enthusiasts, as the road network becomes more and more clogged with the increasing number of vehicles, space above is seen as the next frontier.

Porsche aren’t the first manufacturer to consider the flying car, but they are certainly one of the first with true financial and technological clout to be really serious about the project. At last year’s Geneva autoshow, Volkswagen’s designer Italdesign previewed a two-seat flying car, however it is thought that any thoughts given to flying vehicles by Porsche will focus on taxis or a ride-sharing service.

German rival, Daimler are also in competition to build flying cars, they have given backing to Volocopter, whilst others in the market are U.S.-based Terrafugia and Joby Aviation.

The unique selling point for Porsche’s proposals is due to passengers not needing aviator licences dues to the vehicle flying themselves, with many of the functions automated.

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