Flying cars, they have been the focus of science fiction for decades now with nary a likely product to hit the market. Everyone from the Jetson’s to Total Recall has speculated on what flying cars will look like and how they will work. And why not think that it is a possibility? Everyone has a Star Trek Communicator after all. Well starting in 2017, Austrian company AeroMobil looks to change that by providing the first commercially available flying roadster.
I know….we have heard this before, but the company has done a multiple announcements about it. They have also started publicizing the upcoming Aeromobil 3.0 at South by Southwest in Texas a few weeks ago. It goes without saying that this toy will cost a pretty penny. Vaculik at SXSW was quoted as saying that the cost of the luxury car will fall between the new Tesla models and “a few hundred thousand dollars”. But if you are one that can afford a brand new Tesla, and like the idea of being able to pull right onto a landing strip for take-off, then this is for you. The range on the car is around 435 miles (the release did not specify if that was driving or flying distance) with a top airspeed of 124 miles per hour.
AeroMobil is not the only company working towards this, Terrafugia based out of the United States has their own version starting at $279,000 (although there has not been word as to when it will be commercially available). Even the EU has started developing their own flying car.
Personally I’m very excited for the AeroMobil, although I won’t be rushing to buy one this may be the start of a new revolution in transportation. As long as Harrison Ford sticks to the autopilot.
Check out the video below to see the AeroMobil 3.0 in action: