One day when you look at the sky, you could see not only birds or a plane, but also a flying Porsche. No kidding, the German automaker is working on bringing this wild thought into reality as it has signed collaboration with Boeing.
The aerospace company said that it and Porsche have agreed to work together in exploring the market for the “premium urban air mobility” and shifting some “urban traffic into airspace.”
The focus of this collaboration is to develop premium flying cars. The two firms will explore the market potential for such vehicles and the possible cases where they could be operated.
So far, the partnership has resulted in the development of a vertical take-off and landing EV concept. Porsche is expected to contribute a lot to the development of this project as Porsche Engineering Services GmbH and Studio F.A. Porsche will work hand in hand with Boeing engineers.
The vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt Steve Nordlund suggested in a statement that his company and Porsche share the same goal, which is to build “a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem.” So it’s a good “opportunity” to work together with the “leading automotive brand” in investigating the possibility for “a premium urban air mobility vehicle” in the future.
When you remember Porsche, you might think that it’s not the kind of company that would do such things – i.e., flying cars. However, the automaker’s Head of Sales & Marketing Detlev von Platen said that Porsche is actually interested in enhancing “its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility”. He even signaled the future likelihood of the automaker moving into the new “dimension of travel”.
Why does Porsche want to jump into the world of air transportation? You might be wondering. Well, it’s not without reason. A recent study from Porsche Consulting suggested that the market for urban air mobility will see a substantial grow after 2025.
That’s because flying cars are thought to be able to offer a much higher level of efficiency than current land transportation, in addition to quicker trips “with greater flexibility”. The study concludes that the market potential for such vehicles is available, which backed Porsche’s decision to make an early move that will lead the company and its customers to that future.