When Rubber Meets the Sky
In 1940, Henry Ford said, “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”
Fast-forward to 2017, and the proposed debut of AeroMobil.
The website reads like the scribblings of an insane prophet: “AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move.” However, what may seem prophetic is all but a commercial reality.
After numerous prototypes, it seems the folks at AeroMobil have worked out the majority of the kinks with model 3.0. In regular flight-testing since the fall of 2014, the AeroMobil 3.0 stands to be the next great revolution in personal transportation. The flying car “makes use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, and opens doors to real door-to-door travel,” and on top of its central travel advantages, it’s apparently a lot more practical than one might think. “As a car it fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long.”
Eat your heart out, Ron Weasley.
Slated for debut in 2017, it’s hard to say if AeroMobil will continue to improve their groundbreaking design, and thus potential push back the date of its release. Sporting a great many advanced materials and features, it would seem that the AeroMobile 3.0, in its current state, is extraordinarily close to a likeness of the finished product, but if you really want your flying car to take off it better be just about kink-less, lest it crash and burn. And with what will inevitably be a massive price tag, its in everyone’s best interest to let them flap their wings for a while.
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