Audi, Italdesign and Airbus have combined a self-driving car and passenger drone to create Pop.Up Next – a modular concept to solve traffic problems in cities. This is a vision that could permanently change urban life and traffic woes. The study employs lightweight construction, a 49-inch screen, facial recognition and eye-tracking. The car was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show which ended on March 18, 2018.
An entirely electric, fully automatic concept for horizontal and vertical mobility in the distant future, this vehicle could transport people in cities quickly and conveniently on the road and in the air, at the same time solving traffic problems. The dominant interior feature is a 49-inch screen, while interaction between humans and the machine is performed by speech and face recognition, eye-tracking and a touch function.
The ultra-light, two-seater passenger cabin can be attached either to a car module or to a flight module. Audi is supporting the project with know-how on battery technology and automation. Creativity is needed where new mobility concepts for cities and people’s diverse needs are concerned. Italdesign is an incubator for innovative technologies and radical prototyping. Pop.Up Next is an ambitious vision that could permanently change urban life in the future.
Italdesign develops future-oriented vehicle concepts for Audi and customers around the globe. Various players will define the rules of urban mobility in the future. Pop.Up Next has the potential to be a flexible on-demand concept that could open up mobility in the third dimension to people in cities.
Italdesign is making use of a network of cities, universities and various stakeholders in order to better anticipate the future of mobility in cities. A first version of Pop.Up already had its premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show a year ago. Pop.Up Next is significantly lighter than its predecessor, and the interior has been redesigned.