Boeing and Porsche target flying-car market

Concept car for urban air mobility

Boeing and Porsche will asses the market for a premium urban air mobility vehicle. (Boeing Illustration)

Boeing and Porsche say they’ve signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the premium air mobility market and the potential for extending urban traffic into airspace. In short, they’re thinking about offering a flying sports car.

Both companies made clear that their joint efforts are only in the concept phase.

“Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility. In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel,” Detlev von Platen, member of the executive board for sales and marketing at Porsche AG in Germany, said today in a news release. “We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future.”

The collaboration serves as a sign that Boeing is serious about getting involved in the urban air mobility market, whether you call the vehicles that serve that market flying cars, air taxis or personal electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles (known as eVTOLs for short).flyi

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