Omaha, NE, November 24, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- What once was considered Jetson futuristic is soaring rapidly towards reality, as flying cars take flight as early as 2017, thanks to companies like PAL-V and AeroMobil, who have taken the concept to prototype reality and soon into the commercial market.
PAL-V One is not a concept, but a reality that is set to hit the road and air as soon as 2017. Since the prototype’s successful maiden flight in 2015, the Dutch PAL-V One has been preparing for its commercial debut, which can come as early as next year in being accessible in free VIN check
searches. A two-passenger seater, the PAL-V can take off and land in a space of 660 x 100 feet, taking just ten minutes to open its rotor blades and transform from three-wheeled automobile to helicopter. In the air, the PAL-V one can go from zero to 60 mph in just eight seconds. The vehicle can fly up to 220 miles at a max speed of 112 mph, or it can traverse 750 miles on land at a top speed of 106 mph. 90 vehicles will be available starting as early as 2017 for a price tag of $600,000.
Quickly behind in the flying race is the Slovakian AeroMobil, also prepared to begin taking orders for its flying cars as soon as 2017 for delivery in 2018. The first flight occurred in 2013 and has undergone four versions leading up to the AeroMobil 3.0. The 3.0 model has wings that allow for a variable angle of attack, which allows it to take off from truncated runways and rocky terrain. Because it has wings rather than blades, the AeroMobil 3.0 does require a runway for takeoff and landing, although it has been designed specifically for taking off and landing on grass strips.
According to David Richards, the former chairman of Aston Martin who now also sits on Aeromobil’s advisory board, “We have a framework that allows us to operate our vehicles right now – today. We’re designing the vehicle around current roadgoing and flight regulations.” Expounding upon the underlying philosophy, Richards shares, “So our view is the flexibility and freedom that our car provides will very much re-engage the ‘go-somewhere-when-you-want-to’ type attitude.”
Other companies like Boston’s Terrafugia and China’s Ehang are bringing their autonomously driving and flying vehicles from concept to reality. Terrafugia’s TF-X model is an automated vehicle utilizing a tilt rotor design that marries a helicopter takeoff with the flight of an airplane. The Ehang 184, on the other hand, is a completely autonomously piloted electric drone with a passenger cabin embedded above. The passenger simply needs to enter the destination address into the navigation system.
Flying cars are just on the horizon, and 2017 promises to be a soaring year as these new vehicles take flight. Moshe Ma-Yafit, director of VINCheckPro.com, added “The developments in the transportation space are inspiring, with tremendous progress achieved in such a rapid period of time. We’re very excited to witness the industry change and are already planning to expand our VIN report services from autos to flying cars as the environment changes.”
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