Cadillac unveils prototype ‘flying car’ that could change work commutes forever

Cadillac has unveiled plans for its first prototype of an autonomous flying drone air taxi that could get you to work in minutes.

The one-seat aircraft, which has been showcased in a new animated video at CES, the world's largest technology conference, this week has a black, futuristic look with a large front windowscreen and is decked out in luxurious leather seating.

The vehicle, named the electric Vertical Take Off or eVTOL for short, uses four rotors powered by a 90kWh electric motor to vertically take off, fly and land – almost like a drone.

Cadillac, which is owned by General Motors, says its eVTOL vehicle, could take off and land on helipads as well as converted car parks.

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The vehicle wouldn't quite be classed as a flying car as it wouldn't drive on the ground – but could revolutionise transport and make that morning commute to work much shorter.

GM isn't committing to production – let alone announcing a timeframe for when commuters might be able to see an eVTOL hop-scotching around the world's cities, but the company is apparently already hard at work on the project.

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The company's bosses are very excited about the new project and believe the eVTOL is a glimpse into what autonomy "might look like in the not-too-distant future".

Michael Simcoe, GM’s vice president of global design, said: “This is GM’s first foray into aero-mobility.

"We are preparing for a world where advances in electric and autonomous technology make personal air travel possible.”

Mr Simcoe said during the presentation that the eVTOL is meant for rapid travel and its design is in preparation for a time when personal flying technology is possible.

He added: "It is a glimpse of what autonomy and Cadillac-luxury might look like in the not-too-distant future."

The flying Cadillac is part of GM's new motto to help create "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion".

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