Audi Unveils the Latest Version of Its Flying Car Concept

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Audi, Italdesign, and Airbus have unveiled the latest version of their flying car concept.

The first version of the Pop.Up debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and now the companies are following it up with the Pop.Up Next at this year’s show in Geneva. It’s a fully-electric, automatic concept that allows for horizontal and vertical travel, with the aim of transporting people in cities quickly and conveniently on the road and in the air. There’s an ultra-light, two-seater passenger cabin that can be attached to either a car module or a flight module, featuring a 49-inch screen inside.

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Audi’s contribution to the project include its knowledge on battery technology and automation. There’s also some obvious Audi styling on the car module that’s being presented in Geneva.

The three companies said the Pop.Up Next is “significantly lighter than its predecessor,” while the interior has been redesigned. Inside the capsule is an HMI system based on facial recognition and eye-tracking technology for activating and operating on-board services, as well as feedback systems for activating controls.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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