This prototype flying car developed by Slovakian tech company Klein Vision has just completed its first 35-minute test flight between Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia.
The ‘AirCar’ is a hybrid aircraft that features a BMW engine and runs on regular old petrol-pump fuel. It’s creator, Professor Stefan Klein, claims that the AirCar can fly about 1,000km (600miles) at a height of roughly 2,500m (8,200ft) and only takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car to plane.
The test itself went off without a hitch. It took off and landed with no problem and once it was in the air the AirCar reached a cruising speed of about 170km/h. It can only carry two people as long as they don’t reach the 200kg (440.9lbs) carry limit.
We surely are living in the future at this point with talks of interplanetary colonisation and now flying cars! All I’m asking is where’s my hoverboard!
I’m not the only one excited about this either, the consultant company Morgan Stanley said in 2019 that the flying car sector could be worth USD$1.5 trillion by 2040. Some experts are even calling this transition to the air a potential solution to the strain being felt by existing transport infrastructure.
Klein Vision stated that the car only cost less than 2 million Euros in investment and only took two years to develop. To be a successful endeavour wouldn’t take much either according to Anton Zajac, advisor and investor at Klein Vision. If the company can attract even a tiny fraction of global airline or taxi sales, the project would be a success. Zajac said, that “There are about 40,000 orders of aircraft in the United States alone and if we convert 5% of those, to change the aircraft for a flying car – we have a huge market.”
It certainly looks like flying cars will be a part of our lives in the near future. Who knows, maybe kids will be taking pilots tests instead of drivers test soon.