Audi homebase Ingolstadt is to become a first testbed for VTOLs jointly developed with Airbus. Their Urban Air Mobility project is part of a European initiative that includes other cities such as Geneva or Hamburg.
The Urban Air Mobility project stands in the context of the marketplace for the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities (SCC).
For Audi, it means building on their existing concept developed together with Airbus and Italdesign. Their Pop.Up Next is a two-seater cabin that can be either attached to a car body or a flight module. Audi CEO Bram Schot calls the new challenge “vertical mobility”.
The goal of the joint EU project is to be a model for air-taxi operations in the Ingolstadt region. Geneva and Hamburg may join the testing phase shortly.