Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Flying auto with foldable wings set to go on sale

Flying auto with foldable wings set to go on sale

It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you, too, could soon fly around in a vehicle. Most companies are pursuing VTOL (Vertical Take-Off Landing) aircrafts, which, like the name implies, allow the aircraft to take off vertically without needing a runway, but aren't meant to be driven. There is no control except what exists for traditional aircraft, Mawby noted.

So while vehicles like the AeroMobil could be used for recreational purposes by people who have a large piece of land, flying cars are unlikely to become a mass market reality anytime soon, he says. It has around 434 miles of driving range, too, or around 466 miles of flight range operating at 75 percent of its maximum speed.

People look at the AeroMobil flying vehicle during its unveiling at the Top Marques Monaco supercar show in Monaco April 20, 2017. Attempting to take off on a highway, then, isn't the best idea. It can drive on roads like a regular auto, but it also has wings and could transform into "flight mode" in under three minutes.

The previous AeroMobil 3.0 prototype made news in 2014 when it was presented in Vienna.

In order to own the flying vehicle, however, owners must have both a driver's and pilot's license, AeroMobil Chief Communications Officer, Stefan Vadocz, said to Reuters.

We still may be a few years out, but if AeroMobil has its way, there will be real, functioning flying cars on the road and skies in less than three years.

'Our first model looked quite freaky and it would have problems in the regular use.

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