Porsche Joins the Dreamers, Wants Commuters to Go Up and Over Traffic

Porsche wants to take you to the skies with a VTOL. That, apparently, is the industry term for a Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicle.

It’s not unlike the drone your buddy got for Christmas two years ago and lost in the woods. Like that drone, Porsche’s VTOL (Flayenne?) can go straight up thanks to its four props, but unlike that drone, it doesn’t just fly like a helicopter.

Active louvers could shut to close off the front propellors, creating wings and helping this one fly more like a plane.

If that all sounds a little complicated for a group of clever monkeys who can barely be trusted with cars, fear not. The VTOL will be autonomous, though Porsche may “grant manual control to humans if they are sufficiently qualified.”

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What all of that allows for, though, is commuting. Without the need for landing strips, the VTOL could land anywhere a helicopter does–so the tops of buildings—but it wouldn’t be quite as prohibitively expensive as a helicopter because you don’t have to hire a pilot.

More than simply a patent for a flying car, though, Porsche’s application shows how a bunch of its (and Boeing’s) ideas can come together to make something that could actually be practical.

As with most vehicles being talked about in the future tense, the VTOL will be electric. To achieve this, the companies will incorporate its latest range and guidance technologies, energy distribution technologies, and some parachutes, too, just in case everything goes really badly. It could also have wings that fold to act as landing gear in case things go well.

Back when it first announced the tie-up with Boeing, Porsche’s head of marketing, Detlev von Platen, said:

“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,” he wrote. “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”

The lengths rich people will go to avoid the masses never fails to amaze.