In Brief
  • Airbus and Italdesign are reportedly gearing up to release a new concept for a car that can be airlifted out of heavy traffic by a 16-foot-wide drone.
  • From flying cars to subterranean tunnels, innovators across the globe are looking for new ways to cope with increased vehicle traffic.

According to reports, aircraft manufacturing company Airbus is prepping to reveal a futuristic new car design. While they recently debuted a concept for a flying car, with this new design they take a slightly different approach to travel.

*3* Revealed: Car that can be Lifted by a Drone
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Airbus’ new vehicle will be capable of being airlifted by a drone in cases of heavy traffic. The drone, which measures 5 meters (16 feet) wide according to Automotive News‘ sources, would provide air-lifting services for these specially designed vehicles. Italdesign, a design and engineering company, worked with Airbus on the cars, which are expected to be officially revealed at the Geneva Auto Show that begins on March 9.

Many innovators are currently trying to find solutions to widespread traffic issues, but this design would be a first of its kind. Elon Musk is convinced that drilling tunnels underneath Los Angeles could be the answer to that city’s traffic problems, while others, including Airbus, continue to explore the possibility of flying cars.

While this idea seems strange and even potentially dangerous, it will certainly be interesting to see what Airbus’ design is capable of. Who knows? It could be the next big thing in transportation.