General Motors is looking to make waves in the air taxi space, and from the looks of its new flying Cadillac, it may just pull it off. And if you thought flying cars were a thing of the far-future, then this will absolutely blow you away.
CNET brings word from this year’s CES that the GM Exhibit Zero is showcasing a new air taxi from Cadillac that is set to compete with those being produced by Aston Martin and Hyundai. The latter of the two competitors basically promised a Jetsons-like reality within the next eight years. With ambitions to ferry cargo and people across city skies, Hyundai makes a bold claim to this exciting new market.
As the desire to take to the sky overwhelms the auto industry, so too do the technological advancements needed to make such desires a reality. Electric motors and cloud-based inventions have helped bring automobiles even closer to getting off the ground. Humanity is getting faster and better at innovating to the point that it wouldn’t be surprising if air taxis became available within the next five years. The sky could soon be full of flying Cadillacs.
GM’s new invention may function more as a glorified drone or personal aircraft, but between the Cadillac’s four rotors and 56-mph speed capabilities, the company’s foray into eVTOL air taxis is one for the books. GM is the largest vehicle manufacturer in America and one of the largest in the world, a standing that necessitates their involvement in this new sub-industry.
The show at which General Motors is revealing this is no small deal. June 1967 marked the first CES show, and the esteemed technology showcase has only grown since then. Game-changing advancements such as the VCR, High Definition Television, DVD, and countless others made their debuts at this expo in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and it still takes gold as the place for tech companies to show us how they’re going to alter our lives. Technology is doing weird and wonderful things, and Cadillac’s air taxi is just another example of how our lives may change dramatically sooner rather than later.
As these tech companies look to the future for new inspiration and innovation, it will be interesting to see the specific manner in which these developments impact the way we conduct our day-to-day lives. It might be a slow change, but change is definitely coming. Maybe there will come a day when we can’t imagine what life was like without electric air taxis. With General Motors and Cadillac already pushing for air taxis, it seems like the future is coming extremely soon.
That being said, there is currently no word on whether or not General Motors has developed a Cadillac prototype – at least one that works – at this point, or what its specific plans for the product are, but you can bet that as soon as they have a working model, it will be a major announcement. Soon, the skies will be full of flying cars, just like the Jetsons promised.