AeroMobil intends to overcome all of these challenges and bring the first actual flying car to market in 2023.
AeroMobil is a Slovakian startup that first gained international attention in the early 2010s with the introduction of the AeroMobil flying car concept. The first prototype was unveiled in 2013, and it has now matured into the fourth-generation AeroMobil AM 4.0. Unlike developing eVTOLs (electric take-off and landing aircraft), the AeroMobil is a real flying car that has already flown thousands of hours in the real world. Is it then ready for public use? Yes, AeroMobil confirms.
eVTOLs are sometimes referred to as flying cars, but they have nothing in common with road vehicles, with the exception of certain cabin elements. Flying cars, on the other hand, are exactly what the name implies: road cars that can take off with the push of a button (or several), whisking the driver, now turned pilot, and at least one passenger to wherever they want to go. It doesn’t even have to be an airport: AeroMobil, for example, claims to be able to land and take off from grassy surfaces and requires much shorter runways than today’s planes.
AeroMobil AM 4.0 was in Miami in early December for a presentation at Art Basel. The appearance came after a series of presentations around the world, including Monaco, Paris, London, and Brussels, as well as Shanghai. According to the company, a special art edition of the fourth prototype will be unveiled by the end of this year, with two years separating the “highly discerning” clientele from the opportunity to order one. For the time being, deliveries are scheduled for 2025.
According to the company’s figures, AeroMobil will most likely be a good choice. AeroMobil can switch between road and flight modes in less than three minutes by simply folding out the wings that are tucked to the sides. It can take off from 400 metres (1,300 feet) of flat land and land within 300 metres (980 feet), as demonstrated during flight tests.
AeroMobil also received its first advertisement earlier this year. Big words are spoken as bombastic music plays, and the emphasis is shifted away from the difficulties of bringing this to market and toward the long gestation period and future benefits.