Audi and Airbus' Idea of the Future is Modular Drone Taxis

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The idea is that you have one cabin that can be transferred from a flying drone to a driving car, completely autonomously. Involved in the project are Audi, Airbus, and Italdesign for the Tron-grade looks.

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This is just a concept that Audi is showing off at a drone show—Drone Week in Amsterdam—and it’s just a miniature model, working in some degree. It flies, it connects, it drives away.

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What it’s not is full-scale or, like, independently tested to see if it really works or if it’s just all for show.

This is a charming concept, but still a kind of gross one; drones are loud as all hell, and the vision of our cities and towns will be full of self-flying helicopters and self-driving transportation pods is a noisy and selfish one.

If we’re talking madcap futurism, I’m much more a fan of floating man-o-war jellyfish blimps. Way more friendly.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Rusty Starship

Well, this car thing has been great and all, but I think it’ll keep being great if we just continue making the cars we have right now. And stop. Right here. For once, I think I’d be okay with progress and innovation just ending. Nobody needs this. Who even wants this?

Just... stop. Please.