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Video of the Week: How is one vehicle looking to the skies to respond to the growing congestion in our cities?

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Apr 7, 2017

Pop Up is a name you might want airbus 2.jpgto remember in the coming years. It is a new innovative response from the creators of Airbus to the growing congestion on our roads. By 2030, an astonishing 60 percent of the world's population will live in cities - ten percent more than today. So how is Airbus looking to seamlessly connect aerospace with automobiles? During the 87th Geneva International Motor Show Italdesign and Airbus debuted their new urban transport idea that could transform the future of mobility. The vehicle is the first modular, fully electric, zero emission concept vehicle system designed to relieve overcrowded urban spaces. Pop Up’s unique feature includes its ability to make full use of ground and airspace in one journey. Passengers would be able to plan and book their trip from an app. Then an interactive system would be able suggest the best mode of transport according to the specific trip and the passenger’s preferred route. Could this be an insight into the future of urban mobility?

Also referred to as 'Pop Up', the ingenious modular air and ground passenger concept vehicle consists of three main components:

  • A carbon-fibre passenger capsule
  • A battery-powered ground module
  • An air module electrically propelled by eight counter-rotating rotors


Our last video of the week: South Fremont station opens in California.

To read about more urban mobility solutions you might like:

Austin trials the “robot bus” hoped to adapt to the state's changing mobility needs.

Uber ties up North Carolina partnership to “eliminate transit deserts”.


Topics: VideoOfTheWeek, urbanmobility

Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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