Volkswagen is investigating the future of flying vehicles in China.
In a recent statement, the company indicating that vertical mobility “could be a next step to take our mobility approach into the future” adding that it is “investigating potential concepts and partners in a feasibility study to identify the possibility to industrialize this approach.” That’s not all.
In a recent interview published to LinkedIn, head of Volkswagen China Stephan Wöllenstein told VW chairman Herbert Diess that the automaker is looking to develop a drone that can be licensed in China.
As noted by CNN Business, China is Volkswagen’s biggest single market and is also the world’s largest car market.
Volkswagen joins a growing list of car manufacturers that are exploring the possibility of vertical mobility. For example, Hyundai is investing heavily in the space and is working with Incheon International Airport Corp, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co and KT Corp to accelerate the development of Urban Air Mobility and begin test flights as soon as possible. Hyundai’s plans have progressed to the point that it has partnered with the UK government to create the world’s first hub for future electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft.
Other car manufacturers exploring the future of mobility with eVTOL aircraft include the likes of General Motors, Porsche, and Aston Martin. Just a couple of weeks ago, Cadillac showcased a single-passenger Vertical Take-Off and Landing Drone that could help GM achieve its aim of achieving zero emissions, zero congestion, and zero mobility-related deaths.