Italdesign, Airbus, Audi refine design of leading flying car
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2019 ACES Award Winner in Mobility Services | Multimodal
The Pop.Up Next design prototype from a team consisting of Italdesign, Airbus, and Audi is the leading example of an auto/aero partnership, combining elements of a small two seater ground vehicle with those of a vertical take-off and landing air vehicle, to create a modular system for future multimodal mobility service. Italdesign says the two-place Pop.Up Next is the first fully electric and zero-emissions modular system designed to help resolve traffic congestion in large urban areas, the multi-modal system enabling transportation to enter into the third dimension by exploiting both urban ground and airspace.
Shown first in 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show and then refined for the 2018 event, Italdesign continued to develop the Pop.Up concept with partners Audi and Airbus in the areas of HMI, UX, E-traction, and docking system. Audi supported in technology for autonomous drive, battery-electric propulsion, system architecture, and charging system. Airbus worked on refining the aerodynamic design of the air module and rotor ducts to improve performance and reduce cruise consumption; introduced a concept for a functional coupling system; and worked on the interior design to harmonize Audi and Airbus cabin design language.
Italdesign developed an electric modular platform (remote steering and brake by wire) to integrate with Audi advanced driving assistance and fully autonomous driving systems. System validation on the Airbus and Italdesign jointly developed coupling of capsule and ground and air modules is particularly complex due to the alignment requirements. The air module features eight motors with 160-kW total output for a 120 km/h top speed for the standalone module and a 70-kWh battery for a 50-km range (without payload). The ground module has two rear wheel motors for 60 kW and a 100-km/h top speed and a 15-kWh battery for a 130-km range.
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