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Airbus to test flying driverless cars in 2017


20 Jan, 2017 09:00 am

Airline manufacturer Airbus plans to begin testing a prototype single-passenger flying, self-driving car before the end of the year.


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Airborne driverless cars could help to alleviate traffic congestion and upend the contemporary transport infrastructure, potentially slashing costs associated with investment into road networks.

"We are in an experimentation phase. We take this development very seriously," Airbus CEO Tom Enders said during the DLD tech conference in Munich.

The aircraft giant has been working on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems as part of its Vahana research project announced early last year, and is aiming to begin commercial roll-out on the vehicles in 2021.

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