Audi, Italdesign and Airbus have collaborated to create Pop.Up Next, an entirely electric, fully automatic concept for horizontal and also vertical mobility. It’s just an idea now but in the distant future, such a vehicle could transport people in around cities quickly. By not only confining mobility to routes on roads on the ground but also making use of the space above, the problem of traffic congestion could be solved. Of course, you could also start to have traffic jams in the sky…
Some of the technologies in the vehicle are advanced while others draw on what is currently available. Audi’s long experience with making light bodies, for example, keeps weight low for the 2-seater passenger cabin which can be attached either to a car module or to a flight module. Audi is also supporting the project with know-how on battery technology and automation.
“Creativity is needed where new mobility concepts for cities and people’s diverse needs are concerned. Italdesign is an incubator for innovative technologies and radical prototyping. Pop.Up Next is an ambitious vision that could permanently change our urban life in the future,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi Board Member for Procurement & President of Italdesign.
Italdesign (now a subsidiary of Audi) develops future-oriented vehicle concepts for the German carmaker and customers around the globe. The Pop.Up Next is intended as a flexible on-demand concept that could open up mobility in the third dimension to people in cities.