Italdesign/Airbus Industries Pop.Up
To be a concept star at Geneva this year you really had to be electric, autonomous and a real high-flyer in the design and versatility stakes. Only one car at Geneva can really put a tick in all those boxes (especially the high-flying bit).
It’s this world premiere concept from Italdesign, called the Pop.Up (because, er, it really does pop up…) and it’s been developed with… Airbus. This is about as far as you can get from an A380, however. It’s a modular concept that comprises a two-seat passenger capsule that couples with a ground module (the “car”, electric, cute looks, 62mph) or an air module (the flying machine, four rotors, vertical take-off and landing, also 62mph). It is all electric and drives, and flies, itself to wherever you want via artificial intelligence, seamlessly linking with other modes of transport if your journey requires it.
THEY SAY: “A shared vision for seamless, multi-modal, fully electric urban mobility.”
WE SAY: Do they come round with pre-dinner drinks?
WILL THEY MAKE IT? Still a few things to iron out maybe, but “7-10 years” is the timeframe.