Flying Car Prototype Is Almost Ready for Europe's Skies
European tech company AeroMobil has unveiled a third version of a vehicle that is a combination of car and plane, a "fully functioning" prototype which they claim is "very close" to being ready to be sold to the public.
When it's on the ground, the AeroMobil looks like a blue-and-white version of the Batmobile. Then, it spreads its wings and becomes a personal airplane, which Aeromobil believes is the most efficient option for slightly longer trips.
"A flying car is the ideal solution for middle-distance travel of up to 700 kilometres," said chief technical officer Stefan Klein.
The AeroMobil has been flight testing for all of October, and works as a fully functioning car and plane. AeroMobil claims on their website that it "opens doors to real door-to-door travel. As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long."
This technology is not unheard of; Toyota revealed plans for flying cars in June, but unlike the Aeromobil, these cars would only hover a few feet above the ground in order to reduce friction, rather than actually flying into three-dimensional space.
However, Aeromobil claims that flying into the sky is crucial for the car to have the greatest, and most positive impact, on humanity and especially the environment. "Most of the personal transport solutions in the world are in crisis," said CEO Juraj Vaculik. "I think if we can shift some of the road traffic to the air it can make personal transportation more efficient and sustainable."