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Cadillac unveils flying vehicle, autonomous luxury van concepts

2021-01-13 15:11 by
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At CES 2021 GM teased two vehicles, both of which boast rather futuristic designs. First up is the Cadillac VTOL, a "personal drone" that can travel from rooftop to rooftop at speeds of up to 56mph.

The sleek, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft would be GM's first foray into aerial mobility, and the company says this four-rotor aircraft is powered by a 90-kWh EV motor. Beyond that, details are scarce. Based on the images, this looks like a single-seat drone, presumably for short urban hops executed autonomously. The idea is an autonomous electric vehicle would transfer riders between "vertiports" as they take advantage of its panoramic view to look down at everyone stuck in traffic.

"We are preparing for a world where advances in electric and autonomous technology make personal air travel possible," Michael Simcoe, GM's global design chief, said during the presentation. "It is a concept designed for the moment when time is of essence and convenience is everything."

And then there's something a little more down-to-earth: the Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle. GM envisions a "mobile living room" interior designed for comfort and an "enhanced customer experience," while featuring a fully AI-controlled, biometric-based user interface. In other words, the vehicle could feature your own Jarvis.

The Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle and Cadillac Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Personal Drone aren't exactly close to a commercial launch, but they're part of the automaker's vision of how even those who don't want to drive an electric car themselves may still find some EV in their future.

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