Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying car to go on sale for $1M
April 20, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.
MONACO (AP) — It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you, too, can soon fly around in a car.
A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane whose wings can fold back, like an insect, and is boosted by a hybrid engine and rear propeller.
It will be available to preorder as soon as this year but is not for everyone: besides the big price tag — between $1.3 million and $1.6 million — you'd need a pilot's license to use it in the air.
"I think it's going to be a very niche product," said Philip Mawby, professor of electronic engineering and head of research at the University of Warwick.
Several companies are working on flying cars, either like Aeromobil's two-seater that needs a runway, or others that function more like helicopters, lifting off vertically. But not many companies are seriously looking at marketing these vehicles anytime soon, Mawby said.
"The technology is there... The question is bringing it to the market at an affordable cost, and making it a useful product," Mawby said.
Among the big questions is how to control the air traffic if there are hundreds of vehicles zipping through the air. There is no control except for traditional aircraft, notes Mawby.