Earlier, we wrote about hoverbikes, and we mentioned drones many times before. While drones aren't capable to carry people yet, their larger versions (hoverbikes) are. But we mentioned earlier that they are not safe options, and the flying cars do not differ from ordinary cars, except for having wings. For years it has been said that such a mean of transport could be seen in everyday life, and the larger companies, such as Uber and Airbus, have publicly declared that they are working on a flying means of transport.
But this is not just a big companies job. Even earlier, the small Chinese company Ehang introduced its 184 model. Namely, it reminds more of a dron with a box, than on a car with wings. Eight engines raise the chassis weighing 240 kg (529 lbs), up to 3500 meters (almost 11.500 ft). However, the flight lasts only for 25 minutes, and the machine can carry only 100 kilograms (220 lbs), but it seems to us a good start.
But there are those who have gone even higher and further. Last week, the concept of a flying car with the possibility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) was presented by the German company Lilium Aviation. Their aircraft is an electric two-seater that is propelled with 36 electric motors located on a 10-meter (32.8-ft) wing. For now, the concept vehicle is flying with remote control, but it's close to bring people to the air. As far as the range is concerned, the battery of Lilium allows a reach of about 300 kilometers (186 mi), and its maximum flight speed is 300 km/h (186 mph). The ultimate goal of the company is to create an air taxi for 5 passengers, that can fly autonomously.
In the past few days we have seen that the Slovaks have a similar vision. The AeroMobil startup has presented in Monaco the final version of its electric car, which is ready for production. Their product is worth between 1.2 and 1.5 million euros (approximately the same in USD), it is possible to order it now, and deliveries should be expected at least by 2020. AeroMobil has focused precisely on the fact that it is a flying car. This "miracle" is able to drive on the road, then untie the wings and take off within 3 minutes. As it is not a VTOL type of vehicle, this "car" needs a take-off and landing path. The highest speed in the air is 160 km/h (100 mph), and it has a range of about 700 kilometers (435 mi) with a petrol engine.
Of course, there is still a bunch of concepts from "home labor". But let's just warn you again. Flying cars or any other flying vehicles will be kept on ground for awhile by the air traffic regulations of each country. In addition, the driver (pilot) should also have a pilot license, and it requires much more driving and testing effort than the classic road permits. Furthermore, how will traffic be regulated if there are thousands of such vehicles in the air? Will the traffic lights also fly? We just wait for the flying trucks to get in the story, so that we can say that we are completely dominating the sky.
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