Look in the sky: it’s a flying Cadillac! GM unveils a futuristic vehicle

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co unveiled a futuristic flying Cadillac on Tuesday, a self-driving vehicle that takes off and lands vertically and carries the passenger over the streets and into the air.

A senior GM executive described the concept as “reinventing the future of personal transportation.”

The single-seat Cadillac – technically, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone – will be able to travel from From urban roof to urban roof at speeds of up to 55mph.

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

The flying Cadillac was showcased in a video as part of a main virtual presentation by CEO Mary Barra, along with a family-friendly Cadillac electric shuttle.

Last year Barra revealed that the automaker was exploring such alternative modes of transport such as air taxis.

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

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

The Cadillac autonomous shuttle, described in the video as “on the way”, features a boxy silhouette that recalls the Cruise Origin, also designed by the Simcoe team. It features sliding doors forward and aft and a panoramic glass roof.

The cabin features lounge-style bucket seats, biometric sensors, voice control and hand gesture recognition.

GM declined to disclose further details.

Other automakers, including Toyota Motor, Hyundai Motor, and Geely Automobile, have previously shown aerial vehicles as part of their future planning.

GM declined to disclose further details.

GM stock was up 5.8% to $ 47.62 in the early afternoon.

Reportage by Paul Lienert and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Edited by Angus MacSwan