With a world-premiere in Geneva, Italdesign and Airbus presented Pop.Up, the first modular, fully electric, zero emission concept vehicle system designed to relieve traffic congestion in heavily populated megacities. 


Pop.Up is a modular car, a quadcopter, and Hyperloop pod all in one - a product of aerospace and automotive industries uniting to offer a smarter, emission-free, multimodal and modular concept that makes full use of both ground and airspace. 

While the roads are getting more and more congested, Pop.Up looks up to the skies. It features a passenger capsule that can connect to two different and independent electric propelled modules - either a ground or air module, and can even be integrated into other means of transportation, such as trains or hyperloops. 

The monocoque carbon-fibre capsule measures 2.6 metres long, 1.4 metres high, and 1.5 metres wide. It will transform into a convenient city car just by coupling to the ground module, which features a carbon-fibre chassis and is battery powered. The capsule can also disconnect from the ground module and is then carried by a 5 by 4.4 metre air module propelled by eight counter-rotating rotors. After the passenger has reached desired destination, the urban self-piloted air vehicle (including the air and ground modules with the capsule) autonomously returns to the dedicated recharge station to wait for their next ride.

All travels with Pop.Up will be managed by the Artificial Intelligence platform, sourcing information from its user knowledge in a fully virtual environment and offering alternative usage scenarios and assuring a seamless travel experience. 

March 9, 2017 Driving photo: Airbus

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