Australian company Airspeeder, which created the world’s first electric flying racing car, is now aiming to have its electric pods included as a sport in the Olympics. According to a recent report by ABC News, Airspeeder is hoping their flying racing pods can be a demonstration sport at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
Stephen Sidlo, Head of Media at Airspeeder, said that their electric flying pods are the future of transportation and compared it to pod racing in Star Wars. According to Sidlo, the pods are not planes or drones, but a completely new transportation system known as eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft that can move in various directions. Currently, trials for the new aircraft are being conducted in the South Australian desert. Once the pods are built, tested, and races are completed, Airspeeder plans to move to a live broadcast model, which will allow the world to see what they’ve been working on in South Australia.
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The flying racing cars developed by Airspeeder could also incorporate augmented reality to provide an immersive gaming experience. The company’s goal is to have the flying racing pods recognized as a demonstration sport at the 2032 Olympics. According to Sidlo, they would love to participate in the Olympics but first they need to validate the sport, get broadcasts, gauge audience interest, and ensure safety.
We still remember podracers right? Even if they don’t make it to the Olympics, colour me interested.