The future of the global automobile industry is very different than what it is today. The fully autonomous vehicles or driver-less cars, which was once a dream, is soon going to be a reality. Several autonomous vehicles from various auto majors are extensively testing the roads as part of their preparation of imminent world premiere, while smart electric models which are fully environment-friendly, highly intelligent and self-driving are supposed to rule the future auto market. It is also said that shared-drive system will be highly popular in the future, where people will not own vehicles and simply hire and use services for transportation. Another big transportation trend of the future is the flying taxi.
Auto behemoths such as Mercedes-Benz has reportedly already invested hugely on flying taxis, while fleet operating giant - Uber is planning to create a network of flying taxis in Dubai and Dallas area by 2020. Google’s cofounder Larry Page has already created Kitty Hawk, which is a flying car startup company, and has already started providing test flights to potential customers.
Joining the growing trend of the future, mega-luxury auto giant Rolls-Royce has also unveiled an electric concept vehicle that is capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The new Rolls-Royce flying car concept has been showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow in Britain. This flying EV concept has the capability to carry up to 5 passengers and offer a offer top speeds of around 250mph with a range of around 500 miles, as per Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce has also revealed that this concept model could take flight in as soon as the early 2020’s, while a prototype model is planned within the coming 18 months. RR said that with the company’s existing expertise in electric technologies as well as aviation, it is actively exploring a wide array of possible segments and applications for electric as well as hybrid electric flight.
Rolls-Royce's Electrical team chief, Rob Watson said in a statement that the company is planning to play a leading role in the upcoming personal air mobility market in the world, and is looking to collaborate with an array of partners.
The celebrated British bespoke auto major has expertise in manufacturing commercial jet engines. Watson said Rolls Royce is the pioneer of turbo-prop and jet engines. However, Rolls-Royce, which is owned by German auto major BMW is not exactly planning to create flying taxis.
Rolls-Royce revealed that this type of flying vehicles would create a niche for itself in highly crowded cities. Watson also said that his vision is to witness an electric version of the city vehicles, but it is a hybrid propulsion system ferrying passengers in longer distances, like between London and Paris. RR also pointed out that this vehicle could also be used for military purposes, without divulging any details.
Watson further added by saying that electrification is a very exciting and an unavoidable trend across the global technological industry. He said that the move to more electric propulsion will definitely be a gradual one, but it will ultimately create a revolution.