Its SXSW in Texas, one of the largest gatherings of tech, entertainment and business. And in the midst of all the movie premiers, shows, food and internet, there is AeroMobil, a Slovakian company that makes flying cars!
Flying cars have been in the minds of millions, even Henry Ford himself predicted the possibility of it in the near future. Back in 2011, Terrafugia broke headlines of its flying car, the Transition, which was showcased at the NY Auto Show. It was one of the first legally approved road and air legal consumer flying cars and entered production in 2012, priced at around $250,000.
AeroMobil had announced its first prototype too, way back in 2007. Today though, the story is different. AeroMobil’s 3.0 is here, and its here to start a revolution in travel. The Flying Roadster (or AeroMobil 3.0) was first showcased last October. It has a Rotax 912 engine, that gives it a top air speed of 200 km/h. Plus, its fuel consumption isn’t all that heavy: 15 l/hour in air and a range of 700 km. It can take off and land on grass strips, not just road, that are 800m long.
AeroMobil hasn’t just made the car. Its planning to develop a complete ecosystem around the car to actually make it air worthy. With the help of the government, the company plans to have short air strips near highways and petrol stations. Moreover, AeroMobil’s future plans are to make the car(and the plane) driverless, possibly in the next 10 years. AeroMobil’s production model is said to start shipping in 2017, with first orders placed sometime next year. It will cost “several hundreds of thousand Euro."
AeroMobil 3.0 is one of SXSW’s Interactive Innovation Awards finalist.
The possibility of having flying cars is increasing day by day, however their success will lie on how much the governments help develop the required infrastructure. For now, they are just for the millionaires and billionaires willing to give air travel a new dimension.