Airbus, Italdesign, Scilla, XPAND, Goodyear.
Airbus and Italdesign popped up quite literally in Geneva, where the two show a concept that is both car and drone for up to two passengers. The Pop.Up is self-driving, or self-flying, once the little capsule is propped upon or underneath respective power modules for electric air and ground transport. Control is left to artificial intelligence and Airbus believes that commercial applications for what it calls “urban air mobility” could emerge in as little as ten years – if a few regulatory hurdles can be jumped.
autonews.com, airbusgroup.com, youtube.com
The next EV too has design roots in Italy and while it looks as if it could take off at any minute, the Scilla is made for the road. It is in fact closer to the ground than a Ferrari 488 and was conceived by students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Pininfarina and the editors of Quattroruote magazine. Its got four in-wheel electric motors and shall sit two but earliest in 2030 as for now it is just a concept.
carscoops.com, quattroruote.it (in Italian, with video)
Scalable battery solution: Kokam launched the XPAND battery pack, suitable for all sorts of commercial and industrial electric vehicle applications, be it a bus, tram or ship. The XPAND will come with either 7.1 kWh or 11.4 kWh and both versions are scalable.
Smart tire: Goodyear unveiled the IntelliGrip Urban, a concept tire designed with autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas in mind. The tire senses road and weather conditions, which it sends to the vehicle so the car may adjust speed, braking, handling and stability.