CES 2021: GM unveils the Cadillac eVTOL, a single-seater flying taxi

General Motors took advantage of CES 2021 to present a new concept car: the Cadillac eVTOL, a kind of single-seater and electric personal aircraft capable of vertical take-off thanks to four rotors.

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Credit: General Motors

CES 2021, or Consumer Electric Show, is one of the unmissable events at the start of 2021 for all those passionate about new technologies. The show, which is held exclusively online, opened its doors on January 11, 2021 and will close them on Thursday, January 14, a date which will also be marked by the official presentation of the Galaxy S21.

We have already had some exciting announcements from manufacturers, starting with the LG Rollable, a smartphone with a scrollable screen, or the new Sony Bravia TVs boosted with artificial intelligence. On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, this time it’s General Motors’ turn to shine.

Four rotors and a top speed of 90 km / h

The automaker unveiled the Cadillac eVTOL, a kind ofsingle-seater and electric personal aircraft. This is the brand’s first foray into the field of air mobility. According to the statements of the company, this personal aircraft is able to take off vertically thanks to four rotors powered by a 90 kWh electric motor. It has a top speed of 90 km / h.

In addition, the vehicle has a light signature (essential for being spotted at night), a large glass roof, and a multitude of biometric sensors on board. They are used to read the vital signals of passengers. Depending on the data collected, the vehicle is able to adjust certain parameters such as the temperature of the passenger compartment, lighting, or even ambient noises. According to the manufacturer, all these parameters are accessible via voice and gesture commands.

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Credit: General Motors

Of course, don’t expect to see the Cadillac eVTOL above your house anytime soon. General Motors has not mentioned a production schedule and it is likely that this concept never will. The Cadillac eVTOL should be seen as a design exercise, a showcase of the brand’s know-how and capabilities in this particular field of air mobility.

As a reminder, General Motors is not the only manufacturer to have ventured into this playground. Uber and Hyundai have set themselves the goal of offering the first flying taxis in 2023. For others, the work has experienced a premature end. This is the case of Audi, which suspended its flying car project in 2019.

Source: The Verge