AeroMobil’s Flying Car
MONACO: Realizing the dream of flying cars seems as though it’s been perpetually delayed or derailed for decades now; but Slovakian company Aeromobil looks to be on schedule to bring a flying car to market this year. That’s right 2017, a full 55 years after the Jetsons, could finally be the year you can buy (or at least pre-order) a flying car.
The vehicle is a hybrid-powered four-wheeled car that converts to an aircraft. So basically, drive the thing to the runway, deploy the wings and you’re ready to take off.
Slovakia’s AeroMobil announced that it was taking preorders for the first commercially available version of its flying car. Prices range from $1.3 million to $1.7 million, depending on the configuration.
The first commercial product will be a two seater and include a parachute AeroMobil is targeting 2017 for launch.
When flying, its maximum cruising range is 750 kms (466 miles), and it takes about three minutes for the car to transform into a plane.
The flying car will be available for pre-order but you’d need a pilot’s license to use it in the air.
However, the delivery date remains a little vague. The company says it hopes to “go into full production in the upcoming years” and to actually deliver the first cars to customers in 2020. It’s not clear whether AeroMobil will be able to actually achieve that goal, but it does seem like the first prototype is working.
The previous AeroMobil 3.0 prototype made news in 2014 when it was presented in Vienna; but no test-flight took place then. It crashed during a test flight in Slovakia in 2015 with its inventor Stefan Klein on board. He escaped largely unharmed.
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