A flying car is ideally a car that can drive on the road as well as fly. The concept is not new and has been the subject of fiction, animation, and movies to real world experiments and prototypes. Since 1980’s after the mass computerisation took, the technology advancements has taken the world by storm, and now every idea which seemed impossible is within reach. A real flying car or a flying car for sale is still a reality that eludes us, which we are hoping would change soon.
As a concept, the flying car or flying cars in the air feels good and a far-fetched fantasy, but from the real world perspective, there are a lot of challenges that need to be overcome for this to happen. The first issue is safety, what happens when you sell cars to people that can fly. Safely taking off, landing and flying in constructed city zones is not going to be easy. For this, the flying car or airplane car needs to have VTOL (vertical take-oo and landing) capabilities.
A more decent approach would be to have a hover car or some sort of helicopter car, that at least can come out the garage and directly take off into the air. Another aspect of realization of this concept would pose traffic and air control problems. Currently, no systems are devised or even thought off as to how the cars are going to fly and at what heights. How are they going to remain collision-free in the air? will a similar style of air traffic control exist as for commercial airlines or because of more amount of vehicles to be present a new system is needed?
4 Flying Car Prototypes That Could Get Real
As the invention and technical development lies on the testing and prototyping by the pioneers and inventors, many have tried their luck at creating the flying car. Recent improvements in technology have facilitated different approaches to the same problem. A couple of prototypes are close to seeing the light of mass production as they are stable and more scientifically advanced. Here are the 4 flying cars that make the cut.
- AeroMobil’s Flying Car
This Slovakian company has been developing, testing and prototyping flying cars since 1990’s and have a couple of successful prototypes to their credit. They have the world’s production ready prototype that has clearance from their government too. This car has 4 wheels and will drive on the road and will be able to travel in the air too.The company has secured in $3 million in funding to further their progress. Find more here
- Xplorair PX200
It is a project to make small VTOL aircraft, led by aerospace engineer Michael Aguilar, and backed by French Armed Forces along with other European space agencies. It is a small personal vehicle to used for air flights, can also be termed as a flying car or airplane car or in fact an airplane that can travel on the road. It does a diagonal take off as opposed to vertical one or using a runway. It makes use for Coanda effect for the flight using a special part ramjet part pulsejet engine. Find more here
- Terrafugia TF-X
Boston-based Terrafugia is developing a flying car that is expected to start production by next 5-10 years. This car seats 4 people, is suited for both road and air. One can park this as easy as a car. It comes with a 500 miles range, can cruise at a top speed of 200mph and needs a takeoff radius of 50ft. It is capable of doing autonomous flights by taking off from predestined points to landing at pre-selected destinations, with manual overrides available. It also has an emergency, parachute system that can be deployed if it is incapable of making a landing. Because of technological approach and design, it can also be called more of a flying helicopter car. Find more here
- Urban Aeronautics Cormorant
Israeli Aeronautics firm Urban Aeronautics has a VTOL flying machine up their sleeves that they designed for military use. Capable of taking off vertically and landing smoothly, this is an autonomous vehicle that can even carry 500kg of cargo. It has excellent precision in maneuver all thanks to its patented Fancraft Technology. It can tolerate harsh winds up to 40 knots. One can also call it a hover car since it has excellent hover capabilities. A civilian version is on the anvil. Find more here