Finally! The flying car that really could be coming to a road (and sky) near you

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If you remember, at the end of 2013 we posted an article about a flying car. Now we have plenty information about it. It has been a sci-fi dream for decades – a car that can simply take to the air to avoid traffic. However, a Slovakian firm has said it has finally cracked the problem. The AeroMobil can fly 430 miles on a tank of petrol – and when its wings fold down, it’ll fit into a normal parking space. Aeromobil is a ‘flying car’ that perfectly makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel,’ the firm says. When in its car configuration, it can fit into a standard parking space, and it also takes normal fuel pumped at every service station. The latest version is the third generation of the craft.

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Tatiana Veber, an AeroMobil spokesman said: ‘We have been developing the concept of a flying car since 1990. ‘Our first model looked quite bizarre and it would have problems in the regular use. ‘That was a signal to improve the concept of the flying car in a way to become an integral part of the regular road traffic. ‘We got a positive feedback from several experts in avionics, which appreciated design and the technical solution of the process of transformation. ‘The car is constructed to be fuelled at regular gas stations using the fuel for Rotax 912 ULS engine.’

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AeroMobil says its third prototype is ready to be shown to the world this October 29th at the Pioneers Festival in Austria. However, design is still not perfect- the wings fold into the back seat behind the driver when in car mode. The firm has also released a video of it in action, driving through city streets then taking to the air. ‘Aeromobil 3 is stylish, comfortable for both the driver and passenger, and exceptionally combines the performance of a sports car with qualities of an ‘ultralight’,’ it says.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. No, they have not “cracked the problem”, as the claims have yet to be demonstrated even on a prototype. Regardless, there is no benefit to a flying car when you still have to drive to the airport to use it – I can buy a plane for less and fly myself to another airport if I wanted to.

    • “there is no benefit to a flying car when you still have to drive to the airport to use it – I can buy a plane for less and fly myself to another airport if I wanted to.”

      No benefit? So, tell me, what will you do when you fly to another airport and then want to go somewhere? Rent a car? Call a cab? Neither of these are as convenient or as cheap as driving your plane where you need to go.

  2. Bullshit, this will never happen, like any other flying cars, the FAA will NEVER allow noobs like us to fly over cities, and parks, and schools… FORGET THIS DREAM, it will NEVER happen. EVER!

    • I think you have a very bad day, I sincerely hope it gets better!
      The flying car will come! Anyone trying to stop progress will lose, no question about it. The FAA, NASA and other organizations are actively working on civil autonomous flying as we speak. The question is WHEN, not if. Give it five or maybe as much as ten years and we will see flying cars in the streets and in the air!

        • put 500. you need infrastructure, you need schools, you need laws, regulatoins, inspections, maintenance, you need god damm flying signalisation.. it will never happen.

          • You could’ve said the same for planes or cars, but neither of them needed “500 years”.

            With how self driving cars are going, we’ll probably have reliable ones in a decade. If these people keep developing flying cars and we keep improving our self driving AI, 50 years for /the very first/ flying cars doesn’t seem completely unreasonable. I’m not saying widespread use, just sort of.. the first batch of trials.

          • You would have thought the same thing about autonomous vehicles, but lo and behold, they are on the roads as we speak.
            Yes I am aware that flying is a different thing altogether, but do you really think “flying cars” would ever touch the sky without some very serious corrective safety in place?
            There are estimates that 87,000 flights a day travel through US airspace alone; and yes, those planes fly over schools, homes, ballparks, etc.
            I think 5 years is definitely too soon to see full adaptation of such a method, but 50 years? Definitely plausible.

      • mever ever. and no i dont have a bad day, its just that… in the last 10 years, i have seen many “its going to happen” posts like this, its completely stupid.

      • dickhead… a flying car is a live terror possibilities and can be used for many various crime and threats. The FAA will never allow a fucking car flying…
        Also why a flying car? a helicopter is better… for a fucking “flying car” to take off you would need 2 lanes to be empty… and to land the highway need to be empty.. and that is impossible

    • Currently, in this moment of time, yes its not going to work needing ATC towers everywhere and grandma learning to fly and drive. However, with self driving cars in their infancy, aircraft are practically self flying, its within the realms of possibility within a couple decades.

    • Of course the FAA won’t let anyone with just a driver’s license fly… what would make you think that? However, this is no different than flying any other plane over things for a pilot. The systems will likely be nearly completely automated anyway.

      If you get a pilot’s license, why shouldn’t you be able to fly this?

    • I am pretty sure a lot of people talked the same about driving huge machines made of iron/steel with massive engines through cities without roads prepared to receive them. People like Henry Ford disagreed. I find your line of thinking really amusing given last century’s advances in science.

    • MAYBE we will see planes that can drive on the road, but you still need an airport.. there is a huge difference between, a car that takes off from the highway, and a plane that can be driven on the highway..

  3. 1.24 million. That is the number of traffic related deaths for the world in the year 2010. I don’t think that allowing people to take to the skies is the best idea considering we haven’t even mastered driving in the several decades it’s been around.

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