Amsterdam - A scale model of a flying drone-car drove and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall on Tuesday, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.
The "Pop.Up Next" prototype drone, being developed by Airbus, Audi and the Italdesign design house is made up of three separate modules - a chassis with wheels, a two-seat capsule for passengers and a four-rotor drone.
The concept has been shown before, but a one-quarter-size scale model made its maiden public flight at the Amsterdam Drone Week convention.
First, the drone flew across the hall and landed on a black parking spot. Then a small car drove itself underneath the drone and its passenger capsule was lifted up to latch onto the underside of the drone. Once the two were docked, the drone lifted off again and flew back to its starting point, where the capsule was lowered onto another set of wheels to continue its journey.
The model's test flight went off without a hitch, but don't plan on hailing such an airborne ride any time soon. There are several steps to be taken before the Pop.Up Next, or a future iteration of the drone, is ready for commercial use.