Wanna See A Complete List of Flying Cars? We Have It Here
【Summary】Although the idea still sounds fictional to many, the list of projects is actually quite long.
Well, after writing so many articles about flying cars since last year, we decided to do a summary of all the flying cars currently under development. Although the idea still sounds fictional to many, the list of projects is actually quite long.
The three-wheeler car-aircraft combination developed by Dutch company PAL-V, is the world's first commercial flying car that's already on market for order. It looks like a helicopter, with retractable blades and propeller. When driving on the ground, it has a whopping range of 817 miles; in the sky, it can fly up to 310 miles, which is actually quite impressive. Yet to make it take off, needs at least 90-200x200 meters without any obstacles in sight.
The car is now priced at $400,000 with the regular version. The high-end ones are $600,000 each.
Kitty Hawk Flyer
The secretive flying car company Kitty Hawk funded by Google co-founder Larry Page recently gets much attention, as it posts two videos of its engineers test-driving a prototype on a peaceful lake near San Francisco.
It's a one-seated, 220-pound flying machine that looks like ...hmm, a giant spider wearing shoes. Claiming to be all-electric, the company said it's designed to operate on water and doesn't require a pilot's license to fly. Moreover, a consumer version might be rolling out by the end of 2017.
Another mysterious company funded by Larry Page (he really loves flying cars). Its prototype is said to be under testing in Hollister, an agricultural town of 40,000 population in California. Few pictures have surfaced the internet except this one. Witnesses mentioned that the flying machine makes really high-pitched noise which completely differs from an airplane. In June, Bloomberg reported that Page had invested more than $100 million in the startup.
The only flying car developed by Chinese company, and claimed to be the "world's first self-driving taxi car", the Ehang 184 made its debut at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas, with 100 successful manned tests already accomplished. Ehang has built up connections with Dubai's Road & Transportation Agency, who plans to launch trips by the passenger drones starting in July, 2017. The clock is ticking...
Operating within an area of 40-50 meters, the flying taxi is equipped with eight propellers, and can fly for 30 minutes at 62 mph at an altitude of 984 feet. It's capable of carrying up to 220 pounds and a small suitcase, and is controlled through 4G internet.
Slovak company AeroMobil earlier in 2014 unveiled its flying car project: the AeroMobil 3.0. Designed to be driven on the road and flying in the air, the prototype is actually an updated version of the company's previous trials (there were 1.0, 2.0, and 2.5 versions as well). The AeroMobil can seat two passengers, and has a length of 6 meters. The machine can fly up to a whopping 124 mph with a range of 435 miles, or drive on the road at a maximum of speed 99 mph with a 544 mile-range.
However, like many prototypes, this one had accidents too. In May 2015, the AeroMobil 3.0 crashed at an airport during a test flight, with a ballistic parachute deployed. The pilot and also founder of the company Stefan Klein was sent to hospital complaining of back pain, but was later released.
In April this year, the company planned to commercialize the car and began to take preorders for a "limited first edition"of it before the end of 2017.
Stay tuned for part two of the list.
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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