In its post, the company says that a full-scale demonstrator is currently under production, with the goal of taking flight by the end of the year. The prototype was recently moved from California to a new flight test center in Pendleton, Oregon, where it will conduct its first demonstration. A³ has said it plans to have a production-ready version by 2020.
Airbus, which competes with the US-based Boeing, is best known for large jetliners like the double-decker A380. However, the flying car project shows that the Toulouse, France-based company is not above dabbling in some high-concept, and perhaps unrealistic, aviation ideas.
Vahana is only the latest attempt to achieve the long-held desire for personal flight. At least 19 companies are developing flying car plans, including legacy manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus , and small startups like Kitty Hawk , owned by Google founder Larry Page. Uber recently announced it would be working with NASA to realize its goal of testing an aerial taxi service in 2020.