GM Looks To The Sky, Discusses Future Flying Cars
Numerous companies have already begun work on flying car prototypes, but General Motors discussed publicly the transportation method for the first time.
At the FT Future of the Car Summit USA in Detroit, Mike Abelson, GM’s vice president of global strategy said the automaker has been involved in discussions with some air taxi companies on flying cars. He declined to say which companies and did not expand on the topic, according to the Detroit Free Press.
He said there will one day be some sort of “air transport” that includes electrification and autonomous driving technologies, though he cautioned anything being worked on today is far, far off into the future. Flying cars also face significant regulatory hurdles.
Some companies have taken the to the segment literally, such as Terrafugia, a Chinese-owned company based in Massachusetts. Other have begun engineering vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) that do not require a runway. Uber and Google’s Kitty Hawk are among other notable names.
A GM spokesperson declined to say if the automaker has a prototype or timeline to launch such a vehicle.
On the automobile front, Abelson said consumers should expect 20 electric cars over the next five years. However, GM’s traditional business will remain a major focus in the foreseeable future.
“The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come,” said Abelson. “There will not be any AV/EV pickups.”
His comment conflicts with a statement GM CEO Mary Barra said earlier this year. During an interview, she said the automaker has given a “tiny bit” of thought to an electric pickup truck, but failed to disclose any additional information.
Even with a focus on the traditional business, Abelson said he expects GM will lead the electric-car industry over the next decade with investments made today.
— Sean Szymkowski
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