Are you one of the many who figured that by this time we would have hoover boards and flying cars? Mashable has the inside on the Slovakian startup, AeroMobil, that is making the dream of the ‘Jetsons’ lifestyle a reality.
Slovakian startup AeroMobil announced the world premiere of the AeroMobil 3.0 at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna on Wednesday. It’s an idea 25 years in the making, and the company’s third working prototype.
Stefan Klein, founder of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia, designed the personal transportation vehicle. Although Klein has been working on the concept since 1989, it wasn’t until 2010 that things got real: He commercialized the project by starting AeroMobil.
“We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik said at a press conference.
There have been many concepts for flying vehicles, and it seems only a matter of time before one is mass produced. The European Union has supported research into the MyCopter in hopes that a flying vehicle could help ease transit congestion.
AeroMobil said the vehicle is close to commercial availability, but certification — now underway in Slovakia — would be complicated and vary by country.
The car, which can carry two people, operates on the gas available at regular gas stations. It needs about 200 meters (650 feet) to take off, and only 50 meters (164 feet) to land. It can fly as fast as 124 miles per hour.
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