Sources with knowledge of the plans say that Italdesign and Airbus will unveil a car at the Geneva Motor Show that includes a separate upper capsule that can be airlifted to avoid traffic congestion.
The concept will reportedly consist of two stages, with an upper body used for passenger seating underpinned by a self-driving chassis. When traffic jams are encountered, the vehicle can be picked up by a large drone and flown to the desired destination.
Italdesign first introduced a modular vehicle at the Turin Motor Show in 1982. Known as the Capsula, the concept was based on an Alfa Romeo chassis and featured interchangeable upper cabins that allowed the vehicle to be transformed into a minibus, passenger car or van.
The new concept is said to provide an example of an innovative mobility solution that will demonstrate Italdesign’s engineering and prototyping capabilities to non-traditional markets.
Look for the concept to debut next week in Geneva.
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