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Old 24th August 2016, 14:45   #1
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After driverless cars took the center stage , now Airbus has gone a step further and said it will be testing a autonomous flying cars as early as next year.
The flying cars are expected to hit the skies in a decade.
Working with experts from strategy, engineering and finance teams from al over Airbus, Jörg Müller from the Airbus Group’s corporate development department discovered a big opportunity for the Airbus Group. “When looking at the transport needs of business travellers to and from airports or between business districts, you quickly realise that the potential demand corresponds to about 100 times the yearly production of Airbus Helicopters. And that this would only require replacing one out of a hundred ground taxis
The CityAirbus, in principle, would be made affordable by sharing. Airbus says that a flight would cost each passenger the equivalent of a normal taxi ride, albeit one that is faster, more environmentally sustainable and exciting. “A taxi ride through a new city is a nice experience as it is, but flying over that city would be much more thrilling

Airbus calls it Project Vahana, “an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport,” and so far the company’s studies have concluded that the autonomous flight programme is feasible.
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Old 24th August 2016, 15:39   #2
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Project Vahana? As in the sanskrit work Vaahan? Okkkk... Interesting choice of name. Need to see what is the Indian contribution to this project besides the name. No doubt though that the future of travel will be through air even for shorter distances. The reasons will be varied based on geographies but the need will be consistent. So, although it sounds like a pie-in-the-sky project it may actually be quite relevant.

Edit: The narrative of the project does not seem to match with the Skyways pictograph. The graphic seems to suggest a delivery drone kind of development rather than a passenger vehicle that can fly!

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