A prototype flying car has initially completed its first 35-minute test flight between two airports in Nitra and Bratislava, Slovakia. It has come to be known as the ‘AirCar’ and the prototype is a hybrid car-aircraft that can turn into an airplane by pressing a single button.
The car is provided with a BMW engine and runs on regular petrol-pump fuel. In a release from the company, Klein said, “This flight starts a new era of dual-transportation vehicles. It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual”. He further said that the AirCar can fly for about 1,000 km at a height of 8,200 feet. The exemplar has already recorded around 40 hours in the air, so far.
The AirCar takes around two minutes and 15 seconds to transform into a flying aircraft. However, this isn’t the first time that we have seen a working flying car. The initial design resembles a traditional car in design mores than any we’ve seen so far. In 2019, consultant company Morgan Stanley predicted the sector will be worth $1.5trillion by 2040 and is the next frontier in public transportation. Flying cars are expected to reduce the demand of the existing transport systems such as trains, buses, and air travel.