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Porsche wants to make flying taxis, Head of sales says

Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus (AIR.PA) at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car

Reuters reported that Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.

“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying, according to Reuters’ article.

Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps, Reuters wrote.

Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus (AIR.PA) at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads, Reuters indicated.