General Motors on Tuesday introduced a futuristic flying Cadillac — a self-driving car or truck which will take off and lands vertically and carries the passenger higher than the streets and by means of the air.
A senior GM government explained the concept as “reimagining the potential of personalized transportation.”
The one-passenger Cadillac — technically, a vertical just take-off and landing (VTOL) drone — will be capable to travel from city rooftop to urban rooftop at speeds up to 55 miles for every hour.
It is totally autonomous and all-electric, with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack and an ultra-light-weight overall body with 4 pairs of rotors.
The flying Cadillac was presented in a online video as component of a digital keynote presentation by Chief Executive Mary Barra, alongside with a family-helpful Cadillac electrical shuttle.
Barra previous year exposed the automaker was discovering this sort of different transportation modes as aerial taxis.
The ideas in the CES online video were being launched by GM design and style main Mike Simcoe, who described the VTOL as “the Cadillac of city air mobility”.
“VTOL is key to GM’s vision for a multimodal future,” he said.
The autonomous Cadillac shuttle, described in the video clip as “arriving quickly,” options a boxy silhouette that recollects the Cruise Origin, also intended by Simcoe’s workforce. It features fore and aft sliding doorways and a panoramic glass roof.
The cabin has wraparound lounge-like seating, in addition biometric sensors, voice manage and hand gesture recognition.
GM declined to disclose even further facts.
Other automakers, such as Toyota Motor, Hyundai Motor and Geely Car, have previously revealed strategy aerial automobiles as aspect of their long term setting up.
GM shares ended up up 6.2 p.c to $47.82.