Porsche has recently announced a partnership with Boeing in order to develop a concept for an electric vehicle that can takeoff and land vertically but also to create an international team that will be looking into urban air mobility overall.
“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,” Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG has said of the partnership. “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”
The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding and, by working together, they will investigate the potential for the uses of flying vehicles on the market. Boeing, Porsche and a subsidiary of Boeing called Aurora Flight Sciences, will be working to develop a flying vehicle and eventually test a prototype.
“This collaboration builds on our efforts to develop a safe and efficient new mobility ecosystem, and provides an opportunity to investigate the development of a premium urban air mobility vehicle with a leading automotive brand,” Steve Nordlund, Vice President and General Manager Boeing NeXt said. “Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide.”
While the two companies hope to be part of a future where autonomous and piloted vehicles can coexist safely, they haven’t released any details about the flying car they will be creating together, at least for the time being. But mark us down as curious because we’re looking forward to see what they have in store for us.