Flying Cadillacs Are Going to Be a Thing

This is what Cadillac thinks the future looks like

This is what Cadillac thinks the future looks like. Image screenshot  GENERAL MOTORS

General Motors Co on Tuesday presented a futuristic flying Cadillac - a self-driving vehicle which takes off and lands vertically and carries the passenger above the streets and through the air.

CES is the place for insane technology concepts, so it should come as no surprise that flying cars were on the menu this year.

The conceptual design for the autonomous electric drone includes four rotors and a 90 kWh motor.

The eVTOL is just a concept at this stage with no indication of if or when it will go into production.

Let's go for a drive
Let's go for a drive. Image screenshot  GENERAL MOTORS Flying high. Image screenshot  GENERAL MOTORS

"How do you have a more convenient and luxurious commute?" the narrator on the GM video says.

A senior GM executive described the concept as "reimagining the future of personal transportation". GM said a single-passenger flying Cadillac could become reality over the next few years. "You've been at the office and now you need to get to a meeting across town, the Vertile meets you on the roof and drops you at the Vertiport closest to your destination".

The news came as GM unveiled a new BrightDrop brand for electric vans and made other announcements on its plans to ramp up electric-powered vehicles. It features fore and aft sliding doors and a panoramic glass roof. GM's website also revealed that the vehicle will use an AI-controlled biometric user interface and passengers will be able to adjust the lights, scent and air humidity of the cabin through voice and gestures.

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