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The race is on to capture the publics imagination and create concepts for the next generation of transportation – flying cars.

 

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It looks like no one wants to be disrupted in the future by the arrival of flying cars, or flying robo-taxi’s as they’re also known – or just big flying drones that carry people – with almost everyone, from Airbus, Aston Martin, Audi, E-Hang, Rolls Royce, to Uber and Volocopter, piling into the space and creating their own concepts, products and even flying taxi stations. Now though, in yet another announcement, German carmaker Porsche is teaming up with aerospace giant Boeing to build a resplendent flying car — a speedy and elegant way for the ultra-wealthy to glide over frustrated peasants stuck in road traffic below.

 

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“Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility,” said Porsche exec Detlev von Platen in a press release. “In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel.”

 

Courtesy: Boeing and Porsche

 

According to Boeing NeXt executive Steve Nordlund, the partnership will provide “an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand” with emphasis on premium, so this isn’t going to be an aircraft for the average Joe.

Fittingly, the renders are gorgeous, with sleek accented lines that seemingly are inspired by Porsche’s iconic car designs, and hopefully one day we’ll see it go into production.

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Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, CNBC, Discovery, RT, and Viacom, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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