CES 2021

This drone concept is literally the Cadillac of gratuitous flying vehicles

Cadillac's passenger drone is here to whisk you away from one skyscraper to... another skyscraper.

There's something about the prospect of jetting through the air in a futuristic flying vehicle that makes every tech company even remotely involved in transportation open up their R&D budgets and say, "how much?"

Cadillac is no exception according to this pretty far-out vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle concept unveiled during CES 2021.

A flying air taxi concept from GM's Cadillac.
Cadillac
Cadillac

This concept VTOL vehicle is entirely electric and can fit just one passenger according to Cadillac. The vehicle would also be completely autonomous, run on one 90 kW battery, and travel up to about 55 miles per hour.

Though Cadillac was sparse with details about its conceptual flying machine (even by concept vehicle standards), it did give an indication of what the craft could be used for.

The unnamed craft would be used, for example, to transport business persons between skyscrapers, from rooftop-to-rooftop when ground traffic is, well, awful.

You can imagine the type of person who would be able to afford luxuriously hovering between neighborhoods in their own personal electric aircraft and, well, 99 percent of us can quickly rule ourselves out from ever using it.

While this personal air taxi for the superrich is probably a long way to fruition, it does fit into a larger trend of transportation, automotive, and tech companies exploring non-traditional modes of transit.

Pictured: an eVTOL from Rolls-Royce

This year, companies like Uber and Hyundai teamed up in a plan to bring autonomous air taxis to fruition. The goal was to get the vehicles off the ground in mid-2020, but obviously, last year had other things in store for the world at large, let alone the fruition of flying passenger drones. Uber has since sold off its flying taxi business.

Pictured: an eVTOL from Hyundai

If we'll ever really see Cadillacs soaring through the air is hard to say, but you can't blame GM for reaching to the sta—... er' skies.