Friday, October 31, 2014
Flying car unveiled at Vienna festival (video)
The Slovakian company AeroMobil unveiled their third prototype of "the most advanced flying car" at a festival in Vienna this week. Able to drive 430 miles on a tank of petrol, it has a stylish design, with foldable wings.
According to founders Juraj Vaculik and Stefan Klein, the vehicle could become an integral part of the regular road traffic, and could take off and land in any airport in the world.
The AeroMobil doesn’t come out of the blue: as Vaculik said, the one unveiled in Vienna it’s their third prototype; the first tests date back to the mid-90s. And the romantic idea of the AeroMobil is even older, deep-rooted in the two founders childhood, spent largely inside the Iron Curtain. Actually, during the Velvet Revolution in 1989 which ends communist era in former Czechoslovakia Vaculik was one of the key persons in the Student Movement which has started process of democratization and established new post-revolution government in Slovakia, according to his official biography in the company’s website.
The company identified three possible target markets for their product: commuters working in a range of two hundred kilometers or so from their home, business people who want to avoid long check-in times in airports and, most important, residents in countries with little or airplane infrastructure.
Two hundred meters for take off and about fifty for landing, is all that this flying car needs to operate.
To read more about the vehicle and view the video: www.forbes.com
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