One of the most riveting scenes of The Man with the Golden Gun was James Bond looking all suave in the flying cars. Over the years, the flying car has become a staple of blockbuster movies, creating a fantasy of “car flying” kids and adults alike.
Thanks to automobile technology advance, that fantasy has become a reality!
And that’s because more car manufacturers are looking to make vehicles that can combat the issue of traffic congestion in cities.
Imagine being stuck in L.A. traffic just before an important meeting. With a flying car, you only need to flick the controls and lift off. You then steer your car in the skies, looking down on the snarling traffic while moving to your destination, where you then land and walk into the meeting, looking like you just stepped out of a photoshoot.
How cool is that!
So check out these flying cars that could help you live out your fantasy!
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The PAL-V Liberty Sport is a revolutionary vehicle that will change the future of driving. It’s a three-wheeled car designed to change into a two-passenger gyroplane in less than five minutes.
While traveling on the road, this vehicle will hit 0 to 60 mph in less than nine seconds on its way to a top speed just below 100 mph.
Besides this impressive speed, the Liberty Sport was designed to meet aviation standards. So it comes with a flight range of about 250 miles with two passengers or 310 miles with just the pilot. This allows owners to travel long distances when they have to.
It also boasts a dual engine that generates an engine power of 200 hp in flight mode and helps it attain a maximum operating altitude of 3500m. The vehicle also has curve stabilization and is self-stabilizing. So, it is technically a tiny plane whose owner can also drive on roads.
Like most planes, the Liberty Sport requires a short airstrip for takeoff. And that’s because it cannot rise vertically. Instead, the Liberty Sport’s blades generate lift while a separate motor and propeller provide the forward thrust needed for Flight. The good news is that it requires a shorter takeoff distance than most planes(330m) and a landing roll distance of 30m.
So, while it won’t be able to lift off like a helicopter when you are stuck in traffic, you can hit a maximum speed of about 111.85 mph.
The PAL-V Liberty is about more than performance. It was also designed to be stylish. Besides its high-end materials and systems, it features refined shapes and colors, making it one of the classiest vehicles. Its all-leather interior gives off a sense of luxury, similar to what you’d find in most private jets.
Thanks to the PAL-V Augmented Reality App, you can park it anywhere or prepare for your Fly-Drive adventure in Flight mode.
To live out your fantasy with this vehicle, you’d need at least $300,000.
The following vehicle on our list has quite an interesting name: Switchblade. This three-wheeled, two-passenger flying car is made by Samson Sky, a car company based in Oregon, USA.
The Switchblade is a street-legal vehicle, so you can drive it from the garage to your local airport, from where you can fly off to wherever you want. The Switchblade costs about $170,000, but the company plans to offer one-of-one Limited Edition models starting at $770,000.
So how does it work?
Once you activate the vehicle’s flight mode, the wings and the tail are released in less than three minutes.
You can then fly your car directly to your destination. Here’s the fun part. You can fly the Switchblade at up to 200 mph and 13,000 feet.
When it lands, its wings fold into the car’s sides so that you can drive it around the city like every other car.
But here is where things get even more enjoyable.
With the Switchblade, you can reduce 10-hour regional trips into 3-1/2 hours door to door. This saves 65% of your travel time, making this flying car a personal time machine.
But there are even more reasons why the Switchblade will change the future of driving. It has been classified as an Experimental Category aircraft. So, owners must build 51 percent of the vehicle at Samson’s Builder Assist Center. They have to spend a week at the company’s grounds where Samson’s trained staff educate, guide, and facilitate the build progress.
Who wouldn’t want a chance to build part of the car they will be flying in?
The ASKA A5 is the first flying car that blends the convenience of a vehicle with the safety, ease, and efficiency of VTOL and STOL Flight.
For those who don’t know, VTOL means Vertical Takeoff and Landing, while STOL means Short Takeoff and Landing.
This means this 4-passenger, SUV-type flying car can take off vertically like a helicopter and fly like an aircraft.
ASKA has signed a five-year Space Act Agreement with NASA to advance their participation in NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign (AAM), jointly organized with the FAA.
Even more interesting about this vehicle is its fully electric system with a range extender -essentially a system of lithium-ion batteries and an engine.
The A5 is technically a hybrid-electric that allows owners to drive, fly, and then drive to the final destination in one vehicle. You can park this vehicle in traditional home parking spaces or E.V. charging stations. One of the best things about this vehicle is that its range extender engine uses premium gas and can be filled at local automotive gas stations.
Designed to use six propellers, the A5 can travel 250 miles at a maximum speed of 150 mph when in Flight. ASKA is looking to certify the car for travel up to 70 mph on the highway while in drive mode and getting it fully autonomous, both on the road and in the air.
Its development and flight testing are being conducted per FAA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines for certification so owners can be assured of safety when flying it.
The A5 comes with an ASKA™ On-Demand ride reservation service that allows owners to decide when to drive and fly. Owners can connect to a web-based center with 24-hour access to help and assistance.
Depending on how soon ASKA gets its certifications approved, we might see the A5 as early as 2026. It is also expected to cost about $789,000.
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Klein Vision AirCar
Imagine if you combined a stylish, futuristic car with a military tank. The AirCar is what you’d get.
Made by Slovakia-based Klein Vision, this flying vehicle is the product of more than 30 years of hard work and rigorous testing. The Slovak Transport Authority recently awarded it an official Certificate of Airworthiness after successfully executing more than 200 takeoffs and landings that met the European Aviation Safety Agency standards.
It is said to take off and land without the pilot touching the controls.
So what’s unique about the AirCar? A lot of things.
It is a powerful vehicle with a gasoline-powered 1.6-liter BMW engine and a fixed propeller that can quickly generate 160 hp.
The tail extends at the press of a button, and wings unfold from a hidden compartment, transforming the AirCar from a slick roadster into a two-passenger aircraft in just two minutes and 15 seconds. Add that to its ability to fly up to 8,200 feet at a maximum speed of 118 mph.
It will be costly, though, as it is expected to cost between $500,000 to $1 million.
There is talk about Klein Vision making four-passenger and amphibious versions. One such arrangement is expected to have a top speed of 186 mph and a range of 621 miles.
So, what do you think about these four flying cars that will change the future of driving?
Do you know of any other cars that might make this list?
Let us know in the comments section.
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