VIDEO: General Motors unveils self-driving car that can fly

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Shares of General Motors Co jumped to $47.82 on Tuesday – a 6.2 p.c improve after the automaker large unveiled a futuristic flying Cadillac — a self-driving car which takes off and lands vertically and carries the passenger above the streets and thru the air.

Mary Barra, the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, offered the video of the one passenger flying Cadillac as a part of a digital keynote throughout CES know-how convention.

The vertical take-off and touchdown (VTOL) drone can journey from city rooftop to city rooftop at speeds as much as 55 miles per hour, in response to the report.

It is totally autonomous and all-electric, with a 90kW motor, a GM Ultium battery pack and an ultra-lightweight physique with 4 pairs of rotors.

The ideas within the CES video have been launched by GM design chief Mike Simcoe. He described the VTOL as “the Cadillac of urban air mobility”.

“VTOL is key to GM’s vision for a multimodal future,” he stated.

The autonomous Cadillac shuttle, described within the video as “arriving soon,” encompasses a boxy silhouette that recollects the Cruise Origin, additionally designed by Simcoe’s workforce. It options fore and aft sliding doorways and a panoramic glass roof.

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

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Last yr, Amazon-owned startup, Zoox, unveiled a self-driving automobile and the corporate stated it’ll quickly begin providing rides to passengers.

The robotaxi options four-wheel-steering and can be pushed in both course at speeds as much as 75 mph, in response to the producer. The autonomous car is provided with a 133-kwh-battery pack that the corporate says can present as much as 16 hours of continuous operation between expenses. Watch the video here