Looks like the future is near. If over the years, the future was promised to us by the Jetsons cartoons or by Jules Verne, finally the future has arrived. A company has big plans to make a flying car commercially available to the public in less than two years.
Last year, AeroMobil, a Slovakian company showed to the public its latest prototype of a road-ready vehicle with wings that can navigate both airspace and city traffic. AeroMobil can unfurl its wings and take off whenever it has a grass runway of approximately 700 feet.
Last month, at the South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Juraj Vaculik, Co-Founder and CEO of AeroMobil, declared that the company is trying to move flying cars to the market very soon. “We are now scaling up quite fast, building the team, and the plan is that in 2017 we’ll be able to announce… the first flying roadster,” he claimed. “The point is not only to showcase that it’s possible to marry together a plane and a car, but to really commercialize it,” he also said. Juraj Vaculik said he expects that flight enthusiasts and luxury car fans will admire the new flying car and also buy it. The vehicle will have a price tag somewhere in between a small plane and the latest offering from Tesla Motors.
The first commercially available model will be a two-seater with a 435-mile range, top air speed at around 124 miles per hour, a take-off speed of 81 miles per hour and an autopilot function. Of course, the person at the wheel would also need a pilot’s license, but the company didn’t stop here and wants to make it so the driver doesn’t have to operate it. However, the first prototype requires a human at the control, but the plans are for the next version to be automated.
South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards was set to take place in March and AeroMobil was a finalist. “Maybe 10 years from now, it needs to be automated,” declared the company’s chief communication officer, Stefan Vodocz. “With an algorithm, it would be managed much better by a computer than by man,” he also said.