This awesome flying car concept could be a working prototype by the end of the year

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Jan 19, 2017

We're still waiting for the future promised to us by The Jetsons, but this slick concept design from Airbus is the flying car we deserve — and it could actually hit the skies by the end of the year.

Airbus Group has been working on a flying car concept for a while now out of the company's new Urban Air Mobility division, founded to explore concepts for personal transport through the air. While speaking at a tech conference recently, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said they hope to have one concept for a single-person transport ready to showcase by the end of the year.

If that final product looks anything like Airbus' Project Vahana design above, we're all in. The craft would be designed to carry a single passenger or cargo — and it would also have collision detection to avoid objects and other vehicles. Like a self-driving car, just in the air.

Ideally, Airbus eventually wants to build autonomous flying vehicles to ferry us all over the country — no traffic required. Enders said they're still experimenting, though they're taking the initiative "very seriously."

Looking to the future, the company believes flying transport could save billions in the next few decades. Instead of pumping cash into roads and bridges, that money could be spent elsewhere to shore up the rest of our country's infrastructure.

Now we just need to figure out how to make it run off those bloop-y squiggle lines, like the Jetsons' ride ...

(Via Reuters, Mental Floss)