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Are you ready for your flying car?

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Are you ready for your flying car?
Photo: AeroMobil.com
21:31 CET+01:00
Austria's Pioneer Festival was the venue for the launch of what has been called the world's first production-ready flying car.

The vehicle, dubbed the AeroMobil 3.0, was launched in Vienna on Wednesday by its Austrian inventors.  Their company, AeroMobil, designed and built the vehicle in Slovakia.

“I have dedicated 25 years of my life to this topic.  I really started it in a garage with my father and my brother.  We made several projects, several prototypes, and now it's time that we present the real concept,” AeroMobil co-founder and CTO, Stefan Klein, said.

The vehicle is a transformer, which changes from a car to a plane by unfolding wings located behind the front cockpit.

It is designed to be able to drive on regular roads, and fit into a normal parking spot.

A pilot’s license is needed to fly the car, which includes regular plane avionics and an auto-pilot facility -- although no Google Self-Driving Car.  

If there are problems, a parachute can be deployed to slow descent.

To take off, the AeroMobil car requires a paved or grass strip of around 250 meters, and just 50 meters to land. 

Powered by a Rotax 912 engine, it can reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour on land and 200 kilometers per hour in the air.

The AeroMobil 3.0 uses high-quality 98 octane automobile gasoline, meaning you can refuel it at your local gas station.

Fuel consumption is 12.5 kilometers per liter in the air, and 15 liters per hour while on the road.

The vehicle "has behavior as normal plane, is fantastic in air, and very nice on the earth. And as here I said, my idea was because I wish I was connected with emotion, with passion, with freedom, and present now an object that can open connection between people,” Klein said during the presentation.

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