Vehicles | August 11, 2016 5:00 am

Has AeroMobil Taken the Next Step in Flying Cars?

We, here at RealClearLife, have looked at flying cars before. We’ve explored how Google co-founder Larry Page owns two flying car companies, which are locked in competition to be the first to perfect an automobile of the sky. We’ve looked at the Dutch company PAL-V‘s street legal three-wheeler that becomes a gyrocopter. We’ve even saluted Bubba Watson’s golf cart jetpack. Now AeroMobil seems to have taken another significant step in making what was once a fantasy from the end of Back to the Future a reality.

AeroMobil’s 3.0 prototype boasts a conversion that only requires seconds–the PAL-V three-wheeler took 10 minutes–and seeks to use existing infrastructure for cars and planes: as a car, it fits a standard parking space and uses regular gas; when it’s a plane, it requires only a few hundred meters of paved surface or grass strip for take-offs and landings. (They note it also includes an autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system, should anything go wrong in the sky.)

Still under development, designers are focused on figuring out how to shorten the take-off requirement and handle rougher terrain on landings as society slowly approaches the day when our cars can avoid approaching traffic jams by soaring over them.

Click here to learn more about the AeroMobil 3.0 or watch the video below to see it take to the air.