If the General Motors-Nikola deal was unexpected, get this: GM is exploring the electric flying car market. According to Reuters, GM is considering entering the aerial taxi or flying car market in an attempt to spread their business across new transportation sectors.
General Motors isn’t planning on making your next Camaro or Silverado a flying car (yet), but rather flying taxis to transport people in the air, rather than on the ground. If they become a widespread reality, they could drastically reduce traffic in cities. Even though these vehicles are commonly referred to as flying cars, they usually don’t have wheels. Think of them as big drones capable of carrying passengers, capable of vertical takeoffs and landings.
“We believe strongly in our EV future and not just for vehicles…including aerial mobility” said GM CEO Mary Barra at an RBC Conference. She also said GM’s upcoming Ultium batteries are opening the doors to expand beyond just electric cars.
“It’s an area we’re really excited about and looking at,” GM spokesperson Stuart Fowle told Reuters.
The outlet reports GM is looking into many options with the air taxi market, and that an announcement could come early next year. The auto giant could follow a similar path to Nikola, and invest in a smaller company and produce their vehicles. GM may also partner with another major automaker to help the development process, similar to the Honda GM deal for EVs. GM could simply decide to build flying air taxis themselves, too.
While this is an exciting first step towards a Jetsons-esque flying future, there is still a great deal of progress to be made before personal aircrafts are commonplace. But as some form of enthusiast vehicle, there is more room. Sports cars and muscle cars are so capable that we are reaching the limit of what we can reasonably sell to the average person. Maybe the future will market flying Camaro muscle cars or Corvette Sports cars as the enthusiast vehicles we put on our bedroom walls.
For now, we’ll leave you with this clip of astrophysicist Neild de Grasse Tyson explaining why flying cars is a concept that will likely never take off.