3rd July, 2021

It’s hard to keep up with technology these days. The latest example of science fiction becoming science fact is a flying car. For decades, we have watched movies about a future with flying cars. This week, journalists saw a real one in flight. A prototype flying AirCar completed a test flight between two cities in Slovakia. The car flew between a regional airport and an airport in the capital city Bratislava. The 90km journey took 35 minutes to complete. AirCar is from a company called Klein Vision. A founder of the company said: “AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept.” He added: “Flying at [2,500 metres] at a speed of [185kph], it has turned science fiction into a reality.”

AirCar is a road-legal car that transforms into an aircraft in less than three minutes. AirCar CEO Professor Stefan Klein flew and landed the vehicle on its recent test flight. After landing at Bratislava Airport, he pushed one button to transform the aircraft into a sports car. He then drove it into downtown Bratislava on the city’s streets. He described the flight as “normal” and “very pleasant”. His company is working on a new, more powerful model called AirCar Prototype 2. This will have a much more powerful engine that is capable of a cruising speed of 300kph and a range of 1,000 kilometres. The newer model will also be a four-seater as opposed to the two-seater that was recently tested.