DETROIT (Reuters) – Typical Motors Co on Tuesday introduced a futuristic traveling Cadillac – a self-driving car which can take off and lands vertically and carries the passenger above the streets and through the air.
A senior GM government described the concept as “reimagining the foreseeable future of personal transportation”.
The solitary-passenger Cadillac – technically, a vertical get-off and landing (VTOL) drone – will be equipped to vacation from city rooftop to city rooftop at speeds up to 55 miles for each hour.
It is absolutely fully autonomous and all-electrical, with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack and an extremely-light-weight system with four pairs of rotors.
The flying Cadillac was introduced in a online video as section of a virtual keynote presentation by Chief Govt Mary Barra, alongside with a household-welcoming Cadillac electrical shuttle.
Barra very last 12 months disclosed the automaker was checking out this sort of alternate transportation modes as aerial taxis.
The ideas in the CES video clip have been released by GM design and style chief Mike Simcoe, who described the VTOL as “the Cadillac of urban air mobility”.
“VTOL is essential to GM’s vision for a multimodal future,” he reported.
The autonomous Cadillac shuttle, described in the video clip as “arriving soon,” characteristics a boxy silhouette that remembers the Cruise Origin, also developed by Simcoe’s crew. It features fore and aft sliding doorways and a panoramic glass roof.
The cabin has wraparound lounge-like seating, plus biometric sensors, voice command and hand gesture recognition.
GM declined to disclose further aspects.
Other automakers, which include Toyota Motor, Hyundai Motor and Geely Car, have earlier have shown thought aerial automobiles as part of their long run arranging.
GM declined to disclose even further information.
GM shares have been up 5.8% to $47.62 in early afternoon trade.
Reporting by Paul Lienert and Ben Klayman in Detroit Modifying by Angus MacSwan