Flying cars are no longer the reserve of science fiction.
When asked about the future, little children will often come up with ridiculous answers involving sci-fi creations that, for now, humankind can only dream of. One of the innovations pegged for the future is flying cars, but with myriad complications and air travel regulations, various attempts have been thwarted.
But it seems we're one step closer to achieving this reality, as the AirCar has received a certificate of airworthiness, granted by the Slovak Transport Authority. CarBuzz has previously published details on this incredible machine. As a reminder, the flying car from Klein Vision is able to achieve speeds of over 100 mph and can reach altitudes of more than 8,000 ft.
Powered by a BMW powerplant (most likely sourced from one of their motorcycles, not an M5, sadly) the AirCar may look like something from the 22nd century but, surprisingly, runs on the stuff you'd find at your local gas station. The flying car received its certification following an arduous 70 hours of flight testing and more than 200 take-offs and landings.
This is undoubtedly a big step in the right direction, as this opens up endless prospects, where the car of the future could very likely fly. The creator, Professor Steven Klein, reveale that the certification heralds the possibility for the mass production of flying cars.
The styling certainly matches the innovation, with a body shell that wouldn't look out of place in an episode of The Jetsons. The eccentric styling is aided by a clear dome roof and a quirky-looking front end. Once safely on the ground, the Klein Vision AirCar folds its wings neatly, collapses its tail, and takes on a more car-like shape - although, no one is going to mistake this for an Accord or Camry.
While this has all the makings of a genuinely usable flying car, we can't imagine the AirCar will ever be adopted by the everyday consumer. Instead, it will likely remain a niche product, for those who would much rather take to the skies instead of facing yet another traffic jam.