The concept of urban air mobility vehicle in image courtesy of Porsche. Porsche Courtesy / REUTERS
(Reuters) – said the Boeing plane Co, Thursday, that it was working with Volkswagen on Thursday (VOWG_p.DE(b) a sports car brand, Porsche, to develop an electric flight concept vehicle capable of transporting people in urban locations.
Boeing is already competing with Airbus SE competition and other companies to introduce small self-flight vehicles capable of withdrawing and vertical landing.
Earlier this year, the flight plane made an initial test of an air car prototype that could accommodate two or four passengers and fly up to 50 miles.
The test flight was within a month after Aerbus's autonomous prototype passenger vehicle was shown in partnership with a Volkswagen premium brand, Audi, which has the ability to fly and drive.
Porsche aims to build flight cars that can be used as taxis and for shared travel purposes.
As part of the agreement, Boeing and Porsche will analyze the market possibilities of premium air vehicles and the potential use of them in highly populated cities and metropolises, said the companies.
The partnership comes at a critical time for both Volkswagen and Boeing.
The German carmaker is trying to build its brand image after a diesel emission scandal, and Boeing has struggled with the worst crisis since its most sold jet resulted from two fatal accidents for its 737 MAX plane.
Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Europe Europe; Edited by Anil Silva
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