DailyDirt: Flying Cars Are Here!
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The future has pretty much arrived already. We’ve been waiting for flying cars and super-smart computers, but if we’re willing to accept some flaws, these things exist today. (And if you believe the press releases of Lockheed Martin, we’ll only need to wait a few more years for practical fusion!) Here are just a few more flying cars (or roadable aircraft) that could be roaming around neighborhood streets.
- The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest working prototype for a flying car that’s been under development for nearly 25 years. It doesn’t have a price tag yet, but it can be re-fueled at a standard car gas station (when its wings are folded) — and a previous version has already been certified for flight by Slovakia’s Aviation Authority. [url]
- The Maverick can be purchased for $94,000, but it might not be ready for just anyone to fly it. This flying vehicle uses an airfoil-parachute and is aimed at humanitarian missions in areas without airstrips. While a couple of these flying cars have reportedly crashed, there haven’t been any major injuries. [url]
- The MyCopter project is seriously looking at the field of personal air transport systems (PATS) to make personal aviation vehicles (PAVs) idiot-proof. It’s probably not possible to make anything idiot-proof, but this project could outline what makes an aircraft more usable by the general public (instead of requiring a pilot’s license to fly). [url]
- Terrafugia has been working on a flying car and is developing an autonomous version. The prototypes aren’t commercially available yet, but they’re not too far away. [url]
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