There are companies working on flying cars, and there are those developing flying cars that are autonomous. The latter are referred to as drones, though they're capable of ferrying passengers. Many see flying passenger drones as the future of urban mobility, and rumor has it that Porsche has one in the works. While the German automaker hasn't confirmed or offered much by way of details, a German automotive industry news site Automobilwoche claims the company is close to releasing the first design sketches. Porsche has yet to comment on the report, but the company's sales director, Detlev von Platen, supposedly hinted at the possibility.
Automakers are setting their eyes on the clouds. The German car manufacturer Porsche is partnering with airplane maker Boeing to create a "premium urban air mobility vehicle," also known as a flying car. The collaboration was announced on Thursday as the two companies seek to develop a concept and better understand what the market for a flying vehicle might be in the coming years. "Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility," Detlev von Platen, the brand's executive board member for sales and marketing, said in a press release. "In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel."
German sports car maker Porsche and US aircraft manufacturer Boeing are teaming up to assess whether they can bring the dream, or nightmare, of a flying car to reality. The two companies announced this week that they're planning to make a concept vehicle with a "fully electric" vertical takeoff and landing (EVTOL) capability. The companies have created a mockup of a vehicle that looks like a sleeker version of the Batmobile from The Dark Knight Rises – exactly what you might expect from Porsche designers. The project will involve engineers from Boeing, Porsche, and Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, which makes unmanned aerial vehicles. The companies are exploring whether there's a market for premium vehicles.
Porsche is developing its own electric car to take on Tesla - and says it will eclipse Elon Musk's electric car. 'It'll be something entirely different than any of its competitors, across the board' a product manager from Porsche told Automobile magazine. Porsche first showed off its Mission E last year as a concept, but has since said it will go into production. Porsche boasts its new Mission E concept h can go from zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds, will take just 15 minutes to charge to 80% of its 500km range. Via an 800-volt port, the battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in around 15 minutes – a record time for electric vehicles.
Japan wants to bring flying taxis into the mainstream over the next decade and it's putting together a government-led group in order to do so, Bloomberg reports. The country's trade ministry said to today that the group will bring together at least 21 businesses including Uber, Boeing, Airbus, Japan Airlines and Toyota-backed Cartivator, which will meet next week to discuss plans going forward. For its part, the government will work on ways to regulate these sorts of vehicles. "The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules," the ministry said. A number of companies are already working on various versions of flying taxis.