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Porsche and Boeing team up on urban air mobility project

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Will we one day be able to buy flying Porsches? Well, maybe. It has just been announced that the automaker has joined forces with Boeing, to explore the possibility of developing a premium urban air mobility vehicle.

In a 2018 study conducted by Porsche Consulting, it was forecast that the urban air mobility market will gain momentum after 2025, ultimately transporting passengers faster, more efficiently, and at a lower cost than current conventional means of ground-based transport.

Boeing, meanwhile, has been developing an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which recently made its first flight.

The corporation is additionally working with California-based Kitty Hawk to develop an eVTOL "flying taxi," plus it has acquired Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences, which also has a flying taxi in the works. As part of the new partnership, Porsche will be helping in the development of the latter vehicle.

Boeing and Porsche will additionally set out to address "various aspects of urban air mobility, including analysis of the market potential for premium vehicles and possible use cases," via an international team of experts.

"Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel," says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. "We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future."

 

This article was originally published on newatlas