I could barely believe my eyes when watching the video shown above. The Slovakian company AeroMobil is preparing to release a prototype flying vehicle to the market, and will be ready to take orders from 2016!
“We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” says AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik. “We think it’s time to make transportation more emotional and more personal.”
AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. It works like a normal car, using regular gasoline, driving on the road with ease, fitting into a typical parking space – but it also offers much more. With the ability to take to the air using just a grass strip or paved surface of around 200 metres long – it could revolutionise your travel. The AeroMobil 3.0 is a two-seater car/plane hybrid which can morph from car to plane in seconds, with the touch of a button. It can attain a speed of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) on the road, and 125 mph (200 km/h) in the air.
The AeroMobil 3.0 is predominantly built from advanced composite material. That includes its body shell, wings, and wheels. It also contains all the main features that are likely to be incorporated into the final product, such as avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.
How Much Will It Cost?
There has not yet been a price specified for the AeroMobil 3.0. This is a work in progress, with certification processes to complete. The site does state that we should expect to pay for a combination of a sports car and light aircraft. It will be in the region of several hundreds of thousands of Euros.
Will You Need A Pilot License To Fly One?
The manufacturers recommend that drivers obtain a Private Pilot License (PPL), but they anticipate that an AeroMobil Sport Pilot License (SPL) would be sufficient. A standard driving license would be required to drive the hybrid on the road.
Who Designed It?
Stefan Klein, founder and head of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia is the brains behind the concept, which he has been tinkering with since 1989. He joined Vaculik and created AeroMobil in 2010. The first prototype was by Slovakia’s Aviation Authority certified in 2013, and the current 3.0 model is going through testing now.
Who Will Buy A Flying Car?
While it could certainly be a useful way to skip slow sections of the morning commute, a flying car could really come into it’s own in areas with limited infrastructure.
“[Self-driving] technology is coming to the car, but as an autopilot, it’s already there. There are already systems for taking off and landing automatically. These two technologies can work together,” ~ Vaculik
So are you going to start saving for one? Or are you worried about the safety of having cars zipping into the air at the touch of a button?
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