A prototype flying car has completed a 35-minute flight between Nitra and Bratislava International Airports in Slovakia.
The flying car, dubbed “Air Car”, is powered by a BMW engine and runs on regular gasoline.
The car’s designer, Stefan Klein, said that the vehicle can fly for 1,000 kilometers and fly at an altitude of 8,200 feet, adding that its flight times have so far reached 40 hours.
It takes a vehicle two minutes and 15 seconds to convert from a car to an aircraft.
The wings fold on either side of the vehicle when used as a vehicle.
As soon as it landed, Klein drove off the runway into downtown, in front of reporters.
He described the experience as “normal” and “extremely pleasant”.
The vehicle’s speed in flight reached 170 kilometers per hour.
The vehicle accommodates two people with a maximum gross weight of 200 kg.
The vehicle differs from unmanned taxi models in that it cannot take off vertically, and needs a runway.
There are high expectations for the emerging market of flying cars, which have long been considered in popular cultures a symbol of the future.
In 2019, the consulting firm Morgan Stanley predicted that the market value of the sector could reach $1.5 trillion by 2040.
At an auto industry event on Tuesday, Hyundai Europe CEO Michael Cole said the idea of flying cars was “part of our future.”
The idea is considered a potential solution to the problem of pressure on the transport infrastructure.
Klein Vision, the company behind the flying car, says the prototype took two years to develop and cost less than two million euros.
Anton Rajak, one of the consultants and investors in the project, said that if the company was able to attract even a small part of the global sales of planes or taxis, it would be very successful.
“There are 40,000 orders for planes in the United States alone. If we attract 5 percent of that demand, we will have a huge market,” he added.
Stephen Wright, a senior aerospace researcher at the University of the West of England, described the flying car as a cross between the Bugatti Veyron and the Cessna 172.
Wright did not expect the new vehicle to make a lot of noise or be very expensive in fuel consumption, compared to other aircraft.
He said, “I have to admit that it looks attractive, but I have 100 questions about her career. Anyone can build a plane, but the important thing is that it can fly long distances for a million hours with a person on board without accidents.”
“I look forward to seeing certification that this vehicle is safe to fly and sell,” he added.