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Not Your Father’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Tired of traffic? Time for a flying car!

 

In the sea of news about drones and autonomous vehicles, aircraft manufacturer Airbus is doing its part to advance the science fiction narrative with the release of a flying car concept.

The  autonomous vehicle, Project Vahana, is designed to address the problems of modern-day urban transport. Vahana is similar to a helicopter in that it is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, not requiring a runway. Now in prototype, Vahana is expected to be ready for short-haul trips by 2021.

Here's where things get even more interesting: The aircraft is designed to not only hold multiple people, but also work with other aircrafts to form a network that can be summoned, like a sky-based taxi service, notes TechCrunch.com. What's more, the capsule-based design of the aircraft can connect to either ground or air conveyance modules, letting customers specify their preferred mode of transit.

 

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