Skype Founder Wants to Commute Via Flying Car by 2018, Means It

He just put $10M bucks where his mouth is

By The Editors
December 6, 2016 9:00 am

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

You know that quote. You know that movie. You know that feeling you got when the Delorean tearassed straight through the spacetime continuum and into the upper strata of your euphoric teenaged heart.

And then you were like, hold the f*ck up, when do I get one of those things?

Very soon, it turns out.

Lilium Aviation just scored $10 million in funding for their first flying car prototype, which they aim to test next year. It’ll sail at 160-190 MPH for about 190 miles, and it’ll take off and land vertically thanks to wings that rotate.

Like UBERs and Google cars, it’ll likely be automated, probably because you’d have to get a special license, and who needs that in 2016? It’s backed by Atomico, which is a new project from Niklas Zennström, the man behind Skype.

This is happening in England, and the FAA is already planning to make the laws amenable to consumer aviation stateside as soon as 2018. Given that there will be over two billion cars on the road by 2035, the friendly skies would appear to be the road less traveled.

Will you take it?

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