Are flying cars 2018’s version of autonomous driving technology?

Add Porsche to the growing list of companies that are looking to gain entry into the flying car segment. A report from German magazine Automobilwoche quoted Porsche Sales Chief, Detlef von Platen, who revealed that Porsche was gauging the temperature on the possibility of pursuing such an endeavor. Full details of Porsche’s plans were not revealed, but the thought of seeing a flying Porsche in the future is enough to make some heads roll.

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A Porsche flying car sounded ridiculous as recently as five years ago. But this is where the auto industry is at right now

A Porsche flying car sounded ridiculous as recently as five years ago. But this is where the auto industry is at right now. The rapid development of new technologies has made it possible for people to start talking about electric cars, autonomous driving technology, and urban air taxis without somebody gleefully mocking them for even bringing the subject up.

Leave it to one of the biggest premium automakers in the world to add more fuel to that fire. In the words of Sales Chief, Detlev von Platen, a Porsche flying car “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,” he added. “Flying would take only three-and-a-half minutes.”

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The pending shift in the public transportation market is real, and it could get even more significant if the right technologies are developed.

The pending shift in the public transportation market is real, and it could get even more significant if the right technologies are developed. There’s no shortage of companies that have started working on their designs for flying cars in anticipation of the aforementioned shift. Daimler-backed German startup Volocopter is in on the business. The same can be said for Lilium Jet, eVolo, Joby Aviation, and Terrafugia, which happens to be owned by Chinese auto giant Geely. Even Airbus is developing its own version of a two-seater flying car. The aviation company even took to last year’s Geneva Motor Show to present the Pop.Up, a flying car that was designed with the help of Italdesign.

The market is still in its embryonic stage. That much is clear. But if technology progresses to the point that it becomes possible to have these flying cars in the air, look out for the ones that have Porsche’s badge on them.

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