If Self-Drive Cars Isn’t Your Thing, How About Flying Cars? It’s Here, Yes.

What was the subject of old movies and comic books is now a reality. Flying cars are available and they are taking orders. Okay, they are rather costly and you will have to wait a while but, hell, it’s a flying car.

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One of the first companies to launch, so to speak, is AeroMobil. While we are still waiting for self-driving cars, flying cars as set to hit the roads and skies. While this might be the first time they are commercially available, flying cars are nothing new. Back in the 1950s we had the Aerocar but there are now a number of companies competing in this market.

PAL-V, a Dutch startup is accepting deposits of $10 000 for their Liberty flying cars. They start at around $40,000. AeroMobile are also taking deposits for their flying cars that go for over $1 million. Of course, if you fancy one of these amazing vehicles, you will not only need to cough up the money, you will also need a pilot’s licence, oh, and a run way. The AeroMobile machines are expected out in three years.

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Also racing to offer commercial flying cars is Terrafugia, from Massachusetts. Their flying cars are a bit different as the XF-T has foldable wings and is able to use VTOL, a technology that allows it to take off and land vertically. That means you will not need a runway and, in some places at least, you will not need a pilot’s license.

Other big players include Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, whose XF-T looks like a car with wings folded by its sides and, notably, can take off and land vertically, using so-called VTOL technology. The company’s site claims flying an XF-T won’t require a full pilot’s license. Their proof of concept flying vehicle was first test driven and flown in 2009. The company was founded by 5 MIT graduates.

Another company using VTOL technology is German based Lilium Aviation. They have already had successful test flights of their flying cars. Uber is also making developments in this market and are hosting a conference in Dallas shortly to explore the idea further.