This year’s Paris Air Show unveiled a number of flying cars that are painting a clearer picture for the future. Many vehicles have release dates within the next few years with some already taking reservations. The AeroMobil Flying Car has retractable wings and is set for production by 2020 with a price tag of $1.8 million. The PAL-V Liberty is a two-seater gyrocopter will be available next year for $599,000. Nirvana Systems has dozens of orders for its mini-helicopter that can also travel on roads. The Kitty Hawk Flyer will be on sale by the end of the year.
Advancements in electric propulsion and the popularity of drones have contributed to the increase in development of flying cars. Since most require a pilot’s license and have a high price tag, flying cars are imagined to be initially for the ultra-rich. However, companies such as Uber are already envisioning a network of electric, vertical takeoff taxis and countries such as Dubai are buying into the idea.
- Times of India Article: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/auto/miscellaneous/the-future-of-flying-cars-is-almost-here/articleshow/59350615.cms
- With Pictures: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/science/the-future-of-flying-cars-is-almost-here/not-a-fiction-anymore/slideshow/59352808.cms