For many, a flying car would still look like something from the far off future, but AeroMobil flying car is close to a final design.
The AeroMobil 3.0, as the company calls the latest prototype design was premiered at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The roadster-cum-light-aircraft is being fine tuned for final performance.
The AeroMobil version 2.5 took to the skies a year ago, and the newer version was developed in just 10 months.
Stefan Klein, AeroMobil co-founder and CTO said, "I'm very happy with what we were able to achieve in such a short time with the team of only 12 people. AeroMobil 3.0 is not the end of a challenging project, it's the beginning of a whole new adventure which may change the way how we look at the personal transport in the future."
The new product was built by Stefan and Juraj Vaculik, the company's other co-founder. The prototype is built from almost the same materials as the production ready ones will be built from.
The production ready flying car will have its main features like avionics equipment, autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.
The vehicle is as the same size as a limousine or a large luxury sedan, which will fit in regular parking spots in the city. The flying car has stiff suspension to help land and take off on uneven terrain and variable wing angles to shorten takeoff and extract maximum fuel efficiency.
The flying car will be powered by regular gasoline to keep running costs low.
Already certified by the Slovak Federation of Ultra-Light Flying, the AeroMobil version 3.0 has been designed to get certification in Europe as a car and a light sport aircraft.