Flying cars? Porsche executive hints at taxis in the sky

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A sculpture featuring models of German sports car manufacturer Porsche is seen outside the factory museum next to the head quarters of Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany, October 30, 2017. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Where Porsche’s going, you don’t need roads.

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The German sports car maker could build a flying car for a potential ride-sharing service, a Porsche executive told German magazine Automobilwoche.

“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,” Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen said, according to Reuters.

Porsche, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, isn’t the only automaker working on designs for flying cars. Volkswagen car designer Italdesign and aircraft giant Airbus unveiled the Pop.Up, a two-seater flying car concept, at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Volocopter, which is backed by Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler, and U.S.-based Terrafugia are among the startups developing flying vehicles.

The industry is already preparing to introduce self-driving cars, with companies like General Motors and Alphabet’s Waymo testing driverless vehicles on public roads. GM plans to mass-produce a vehicle without a steering wheel and pedals by 2019.

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The German magazine reported that Porsche envisions making an automated flying car that allows passengers to have some control over the vehicle. Under the plans, passengers wouldn’t need a pilot’s license.

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