by Michael Willoughby
“At present we are working on a new direction for our urban air mobility activities and have not yet made a decision regarding potential future products,” Audi said in a statement to ANE adding it had stopped all work on the Pop.Up concept that was developed by its Italdesign subsidiary with Airbus.
Audi executives said told ANE they wanted to continue with the project. “We want to have fully flightworthy prototype ready by the end of next year, that’s our development goal,” Audi board member Bernd Martens said at the time.
In the statement, however, Audi reversed course, citing the challenges specific to the project.
“We believe it will be a very long time before an air taxi can be serially produced that does not require passengers to change vehicles. In the modular concept of Pop.Up, we were working on a solution with the highest complexity,” it said.
Airbus declined to comment to ANE on the potential end of the partnership. It told the site the Pop.Up was not envisaged to flank its own CityAirbus and Vahana flying demonstrators.
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