Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer is looking back in television history to look forward in terms of transportation. Famed series The Jetsons brought the personalized driving to flying concept to the masses, and now the strikingly bold Pulse Concept allows passengers to go from self-driving vehicles to aircraft.
To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, the company decided to look ahead to what autonomous driving and flight would look like in 50 years. As such, they designed a concept vehicle, more a transportation vessel, which allows passengers seamlessly to transition from land to air, all in the safety of its glass pod. The transparent pod is a concept based on designers’ thoughts of the future in glass technology and the potential breakthrough of see-through alloy materials.
Stylish and elegant in design, the eVTOL aircraft and land vehicle evoke the ethos of flight in the 1950s with a stunning space-age edge. So passengers never have to leave the protective environment of the pod, the futuristic pod on the ground is the cockpit for the unmanned self-driving car while allowing for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft from any location when wanting to fly. Providing a 360-degree view of the world around in the pod, it also is designed to feature displays for riders to be entertained, work, and communicate on whatever journey they are on.
The forward-thinking company which launched Embraer X, the first electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft concept in 2018, is looking ahead towards 2070 with this concept transportation system. Embraer’s Pulse is the first-ever aerospace concept car, and it takes inspiration from Harley Earl’s Buick Y-Job from 1938, the first-ever concept car. It will extend air travel beyond airports with bird-like capabilities for door-to-door service between destinations in its range.