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Automotive giant GM wants to reshape personal transportation with futuristic aerial taxis. The company has unveiled a single-seater drone, a VTOL craft with a 90kW battery, that can travel from rooftop-to-rooftop at up to 90 kilometers (56 miles) per hour.
The single-passenger Cadillac is fully autonomous and all-electric, with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack and an ultra-lightweight body with four pairs of rotors.
“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. “It is a concept designed for the moment when time is of essence and convenience is everything.”
The entire exercise, as Simcoe explained, is to show the world what autonomy and Cadillac luxury might look like in the “not too distant future.”
The autonomous Cadillac shuttle features a boxy silhouette that recalls the Cruise Origin, also designed by Simcoe’s team. It features fore and aft sliding doors and a panoramic glass roof. The cabin has wraparound lounge-like seating, plus biometric sensors, voice control and hand gesture recognition, according to uasvision.com.