Watch: The World’s First Gas-Powered Flying Car
When you hear the words “flying car” you might think of The Jetsons and something out of every science fiction story. Well, it seems that could be a reality sooner than we thought.
Introducing the “AirCar” by Slovakian aviation company, Klein Vision. Powered by ordinary gasoline, the AirCar runs on a 1.6L BMW engine and has passed the European Union’s standards for airworthiness after undergoing 70 hours of flight testing. According to a press release by the company, the AirCar can “reach speeds over 300km/h (186mph) and range of 1,000km (620 miles).”
In June 2021, the AirCar landed in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia after a 35-minute flight from Nitra. Upon landing, the vehicle converts back to drive mode where it folds its wings and tail in.
As a safety measure, the AirCar would require drivers to obtain a pilot’s license. However, with the dramatic increase in self-driving cars, there could be a chance that the AirCar could be operated by non-pilots.