Porsche Could Build Flying Taxis, Says Sales Chief
Frankfur (Reuters): Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.
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, Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.
Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride hailing apps.
Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.
The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.
When it comes to Porsche the cars can certainly fly down the autobahn at speeds few other rides can match. Porsche cars might fly in the literal sense in the future according to sales chief Detlev von Platen. The exec has told a German magazine that the sports car maker could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals.
The flying Porsche would potentially be used for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services. Porsche certainly wouldn’t be alone in developing a flying car, there are several companies working on such vehicles, as farfetched as they sound. One of the flying cars that is being worked on is called the PAL-V and is on display at the Geneva Auto Show.
Porsche says that its flying car would allow some control over the piloting by passengers but that they would not need a pilot license because most functions would be automated. Flying cars are something that have been teased and thought about for generations as people look for ways to get out of the gridlock many cities are besieged with.
Flying cars would also shorten the commute times for people allowing them to spend less time getting to and from work. There is no indication of when Porsche thinks its flying car might be ready for use.
The last car that Porsche went official with was the 2019 911 GT3 RS. That car starts at $187,000 and can be optioned with $13,000 magnesium wheels. It’s the most powerful 911 GT3 RS to date.