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Top brand unveils flying vehicle at CES

Up in the air: GM unveils flying car concept at CES Cadillac's passenger drone concept could be the future of transport
Cecil Davis | 13 January, 2021, 21:01

Moments after GM shared the video, its stock saw uptick of 8.8 percent to $48.95 a share that boosted its market cap to roughly $70 billion.

The other concept vehicle shown off during the presentation was Cadillac's autonomous vehicle.

The vertical takeoff and landing drone, or VTOL, is GM's first foray into aerial mobility.

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

GM did not reveal much else regarding its autonomous flying taxi, but is targeting the luxury travel market if and when it launches.

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The concepts in the CES video were introduced by GM design chief Mike Simcoe, who described the VTOL as "the Cadillac of urban air mobility".

GM also showed off a rectangular-shaped Cadillac Personal Autonomous Vehicle (PAV) that provides a social space for passengers - similar to a limo but without a driver at the wheel.

The new sedan will go by the name Celestiq, and during an online presentation General Motors held Tuesday as part of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, the automaker teased some features of the Celestiq, including a four-panel glass roof.

"VTOL is a key to GM's vision for a multimodal future", the narrator said, voicing over a simulation of the aircraft in flight. As per a senior executive from the company, the new concept vehicle is a "reimagining the future of personal transportation".