Flying cars have been the dream of the future for as long as we've envisioned spaceships. From Back to the Future to Cyberpunk 2077, that dream has stayed true. Finally, with the successful inter-city fight of Klein Vision’s AirCar, the future is now.
AirCar Test Fight
On Monday, Klein Vision conducted the first successful test flight of their flying car experiment. Taking off from Slovakian airport Nitra all the way to Bratislava, the AirCar successfully landed at the other end of the 35-minute journey.
Powered by a petrol BMW engine, the car/airplane hybrid is capable of 600-mile flights at 8,000ft. The vehicle reportedly has a cruising speed of 120 miles-per-hour. Additionally, the vehicle is also a convertible that can change from car to AirCar in a matter of minutes.
Research and development has cost a pretty penny for the automobile company. Klein Vision’s AirCar has reportedly cost around £1.7 million for the past two years and development. The company seems confident that it'll pay off.
When will it be available?
At the moment, Klein Vision’s AirCar is still in the testing process. However, founder Anton Zajac hopes that flying cars will soon become a mainstream way of reducing ground-level congestion. That might take a while. He said:
“There’s some time before we can really get this off the ground. But we think that by the latter part of this decade certainly, urban air mobility will offer great opportunity to free up congestion in cities, to help with emissions, whether that’s intra-city mobility in the air or whether it’s even between cities.”
via The Telegraph
It might not be the hovercraft that many visualise when thinking of the future, but it's still some seriously cool tech. Whatever happens to the future of flying cars, the AirCar is a pretty neat development.