MONACO, Principality of Monaco (AFP) — Flying cars would possibly seem to be the stuff of science fiction, however two prototypes had been launched Thursday on the French Riviera, at an occasion showcasing “supercars” in Monaco.
Dutch and Slovak corporations unveiled their designs as world premieres within the tiny well-heeled principality, the place luxurious automakers have gathered till Sunday for the Top Marques showcase occasion.
Bratislava-based Aeromobil, whose first prototype introduced two years in the past suffered an accident, is again with a “new generation” of flying automobile named after the agency which makes it.
“We are taking reservations from today for deliveries expected in 2020, after the process of (regulatory) approvals is completed,” the Slovak agency’s spokesman Stefan Vadocz informed AFP.
The Aeromobil automobile, six metres lengthy and with a fully-deployed span of 9 metres, is a standard four-wheeled automotive which might unfold its wings to remodel itself right into a airplane in a position to fly two passengers at a cruising velocity of 260 km/h for as much as 750 kilometres.
The value? Between 1.2 and 1.5 million euros, relying on choices chosen.
Its Dutch rival for the futuristic automobile kind, the Pal-V Liberty, is the brainchild of Robert Dingemanse, whose firm is predicated close to Breda within the south of the Netherlands.
His crossover car-plane is extra compact, at 4 metres lengthy, and ought to be deliverable as early as subsequent yr, as soon as official approvals are secured. He is already taking orders for a automobile which can value between 299,000 and 499,000 euros.
The Dutch flying automotive is in actual fact a gyrocopter with three wheels and a retractable rotor. It can carry two folks at a cruising velocity of 160 km/h for between 400-500 kilometres.
It is “one of the safest flying machines on the planet,” in a position to fly “whatever the weather conditions,” say its designers.
Users of the the Aeromobil and the Pal-V Liberty would require each a driving licence and a pilot’s qualification.
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