Two companies – Porsche and Boeing – have decided to join forces with the aim of exploring the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. We read that line and see flying cars coming out of the agreement that these two have signed.
While it may not lead to the mass production of premium personal urban mobility vehicles (or flying cars) in the immediate future, this is beyond question the best and most serious step taken in the direction of making flying cars a reality. An electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle has been added to the list of tasks to be jointly executed by the industry majors.
Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche will work closely with Boeing engineers as the alliance looks into both the use cases and market potential of personal aerial transport vehicles.
Boeing has taken the lead in the press releases and related statements being issued to media. In an official statement from the aerospace and defense corporation, Boeing NeXt Vice President and General Manager Steve Nordlund said, “This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand. Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide.”
Boeing has also released renderings of a sleek and compact aircraft which is possibly our first look at the prototype that the alliance is working on. We dig it and it’d be seriously cool to have this design making it to production without significant changes in appearance.
A 2018 study by Porsche Consulting postulated that the urban air mobility market will grow exponentially from 2025. Porsche is making the right move at the right time by starting early with the R&D. And with a recognized, established player like Boeing by its side, Porsche may just become the first carmaker to enter the yet-to-be-explored segment.