Cadillac's passenger drone concept could be the future of transport

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2021

Several aeronautics firms and startups have shown similar flying cars in recent years, although there are no apparent plans for any immediate commercialization. General Motors unveiled its plans for two new vehicles in the Cadillac Halo portfolio: an autonomous taxi and an electric flying vehicle.

The eVTOL is just a concept at this stage with no indication of if or when it will go into production.

The VTOL flying auto (that's the term used for vertical take-off and landing vehicles or passenger drones) is GM's first design in aerial mobility.

The single-passenger Cadillac - technically, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone - will be able to travel from urban rooftop to urban rooftop at speeds up to 88kph. You can see the design at GM's virtual exhibit.

"VTOL is key to GM's vision for a multimodal future", he said. "You've been at the office and now you need to get to a meeting across town, the Vertile meets you on the roof and drops you at the Vertiport closest to your destination".

Cadillac confirmed some details of the upcoming electric sedan, including all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and a four-quadrant glass roof.

Cadillac has also said the Celestiq will have a dash-wide display and provided a glimpse of it in the presentation.

The cabin has wraparound lounge-like seating, plus biometric sensors, voice control and hand gesture recognition.

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