General Motors today revealed a futuristic new Cadillac Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicle (VTOL) that is designed to ferry city-dwelling business people from rooftop to rooftop.
The Cadillac VTOL (later renamed Cadillac PersonalSpace) is described as an “all-electric, single-seat, well-appointed aircraft,” that can travel between skyscrapers at speeds of up to 55 mph, or 90 km/h. A vehicle such as this could be useful for businessmen and women that need to quickly get from one side of a major metropolitan area to the other for a meeting or another important engagement, bypassing any ground-level traffic that may be bogging the city’s streets down.
Michael Simcoe, vice president of global design at GM, provided some additional information on the Cadillac VTOL concept during the automaker’s keynote presentation at CES 2021 this week.
“The vertical take-off and landing drone, or VTOL, is GM’s first foray into aerial mobility,” Simcoe said. “We are preparing for a world where advancements in electric and autonomous technology make personal air travel possible. It is a concept designed for the moment when time is of essence and convenience is everything you’ve been at the office and now you need to get to a meeting across town.”
“The VTOL meets you on the roof and drops you at the verti-port closest to your destination,” Simcoe added. “As a passenger, it represents personal space and a panoramic view of the world passing beneath you and is a glimpse of what autonomy and Cadillac luxury might look like in the not-too-distant future.”
The Cadillac VTOL may seem like a pie-in-the-sky dream for GM, but the company seems at least semi-serious about putting it into production. It even released some details on the vehicle’s technical aspects, saying it is powered by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery and four electrically-powered rotors. The vehicle is also capable of wirelessly communicating from air vehicle to air vehicle and to other objects and receives on the ground.