The futuristic flying car that reaches altitudes of more than 8000 feet has been sci-fi stuff, but its inventor's dream is now a reality after "AirCar" completed its first intercity flight in Slovakia, and after landing, the plane was then transformed into a car Sports in less than three minutes, before being transferred to the center of Bratislava.
The AirCar Prototype 1, which has a 160-horsepower fixed thrust engine, is the idea of Professor Stefan Klein and developed by the Slovakian company KleinVision.
Stunning footage shows her walking down the runway before taking to the air, landing, folding her wings, and sprinting down a highway before reaching the heart of the Slovak capital.
KleinVision said the 35-minute flight from Nitra to Bratislava was a milestone in the development and brought it closer to production. Developers say AirCar - which has now completed more than 40 hours of test flights will be great for leisure and self-driving rides, or as a commercial taxi service.
The price of the future flying car has not been revealed, but seeing it in the air and on the roads is possible by next year at the latest. After emerging from the AirCar cockpit, Professor Klein said, this journey begins a new era of dual transport vehicles. It opens up a new class of transport.
Anton Zajak, co-founder of Klein Vision said, AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept; Flying at 8,200 feet at 100 miles per hour, science fiction has become a reality.
The developers say the vehicle is designed so that AirCar stability and control are within the reach of any pilot, without the need for specialized training. Upon completion of all legally required flight tests, they plan to equip the aircraft with a more powerful engine, which they hope will be ready for sale within the next 12 months.
The AirCar Prototype 2, a pre-production model, will be powered by a 300-horsepower engine, which is expected to reach a speed of 300 km/h and a range of 1,000 km.