Porsche Executive Shows Desire For Flying Taxis

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The sales chief for Porsche implied that the German car company may start working on a flying vehicle, Reuters reported Saturday.

“That would really make sense,” Detlev von Platen, the Porsche executive, told a German magazine, according to Reuters. “If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes.”

The idea of developing such advanced technology is not a far-fetched prospect for many executives, whether of big tech companies like Uber or of big car companies like Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recently said that a proprietary flying taxi service could be available in five to 10 years.

The ride-sharing giant early last year hired Mark Moore, a former engineer at NASA, to lead its exploration of flying car technology, showing how serious it appears to be about the for now nascent technological prospect. (RELATED: Study: People Will Spend A Lot Of Extra Money For Their Car To Drive Itself)

And it’s not just Porsche or Uber. A number of companies are developing or manufacturing flying cars, showing that the former technological pipe dream could soon be a reality (if it isn’t already so).

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