Remember when we were kids watching cartoons and saw flying cars, wondering if they’d ever be a reality in our lifetime? Well, you can now stop wondering because flying cars are here, and it seems that they very well may be a part of our near future.
The first-ever test flight between airports in Slovakia was completed by a prototype flying car, which took to the sky and landed in 35 minutes.
In a press release, AirCar was defined as a “dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle” that flew from Nitra’s international airport to Bratislava’s airport. The flying car made its 142nd successful landing, according to the firm that built it, Klein Vision, and the flight represented a significant development milestone in our modern history. The airplane transformed into a sports automobile in under three minutes with the push of a button, and it was piloted by its inventor, professor Stefan Klein.
Klein said after exiting the AirCar post flight that he had ushered in a “new era of dual mobility vehicles.” “It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual. AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept; flying at 8,200ft at a speed of 100 knots (115 miles per hour), it has turned science fiction into a reality” he continued.
User-friendly flying automobiles was praised by Dr. Branko Sarh, a Boeing senior technical fellow: “The automated transition from road vehicle into an air vehicle and vice versa, deploying/retracting wings and tail is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit and courage; it is an outcome of excellent engineering and professional knowledge,” Sarh said.
A 160 horsepower BMW engine, a fixed propeller, and a ballistic parachute are included in the AirCar Prototype 1 model. According to the company, the AirCar has completed more than 40 hours of test flights, flying at an altitude of 8,200 feet and reaching a maximum cruise speed of 118 miles per hour.
The achievement comes as interest in the concept of flying cars continues to grow. Hyundai’s European operations president said he believes flying cars will be a reality in cities around the world by the end of the decade. Earlier this month, the South Korean automaker and General Motors announced that they are moving forward with the development of flying automobiles. So, the race to have flying cars has officially been kickstarted, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
In related news, space travel with civilians will happen this year – ahead of flying cars, who could’ve guessed right?
Photo via Klein Vision