Flying cars are real. One just completed a 35-minute test flight.
A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between two airports in Slovakia.
The hybrid car-aircraft, AirCar, takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from car into aircraft, according to BBC.
It is equipped with a BMW engine, runs on regular petrol-pump fuel and has clocked 40 hours in the air. Stefan Klein created the aircraft and said it could fly up to 600 miles at about 8,200 feet.
Klein tested the aircraft himself, flying into town for reporters and residents to watch. But the aircraft isn't ready to flown out of your driveway just yet. It cannot takeoff and land vertically and requires a runway.
The aircraft can reach about 106 mph and is described as a "pleasant" and "normal" ride according to Klein. Klein said the aircraft took two years to built and about $2.3 million.
Anton Zajac, an adviser and investor in Klein Vision, told the BBC that the company hopes to attract a small percentage of global airline or taxi sales.
"There are about 40,000 orders of aircraft in the United States alone," Zajac said. "If we convert 5% of those, to change the aircraft for the flying car – we have a huge market.
Stephen Wright, senior research fellow in avionics and aircraft, at the University of the West of England, said the AirCar reminds him of "the lovechild of a Bugatti Veyron and a Cesna 172".
Although he admits the aircraft looks "really cool" he holds questions about certification for the aircraft.
"Anyone can make an aeroplane but the trick is making one that flies and flies and flies for the thick end of a million hours, with a person on board, without having an incident," Wright told the BBC. "I can't wait to see the piece of paper that says this is safe to fly and safe to sell."
S: USA Today
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