It’s true, 2017 is the year that you could own, or at least preorder, your very own flying car with the Slovakian company Aeromobil which is set to reveal its first-ever production-ready flying car this month.
The prototype was initially revealed back in 2014 but commercial availability still seemed like a long way off. Then, with news that an investor was brought on board last week, on Tuesday we were given a glimpse of what we had been promised.
This new model is set to be revealed at the Top Marques Monaco on April 20, the world’s most exclusive supercar show. According to Aeromobil, this next generation vehicle is fully functional as both a four wheeled car and an aircraft and is environmentally conscious thanks to its hybrid engine.
In a statement, company representatives said “AeroMobil aims to make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium-distance trips and in areas with limited or missing road infrastructure.”
The flying car was built in regulation with current frameworks, so it’s likely that future owners will need both a driving license and a pilot license to operate it. It is said that the company have raised $3.2 million following the successful testing of the design and that this will help to fund the car’s production.
Juraj Vaculík, Aeromobil’s co-founder said in a statement “The new investment will enable the company to develop and showcase a physical model. It will be very close to the final product that will be used in series production. As a result of this extensive engineering and analysis effort, we have a very clear picture as to how our product will function and are very confident that the vehicle we are showing is deliverable without any more significant changes.”