Flying cars: A 1950s dream takes to the skies without the rules to stay airborne


(TIML NEWS)  AeroMobil released its flying car for consumer orders. As expected, the price tag will be hefty and you’ll have to wait for a while before it comes home with you.

so-called VTOL technology. The company’s site claims flying an XF-T won’t require a full pilot’s license.

What’s more, where dedicated hobbyists once made up the bulk of those trying to fashion a machine that could seamlessly transition from concrete to the clouds, today some of the smartest and wealthiest individuals on earth are on the hunt. Larry Page, co-founder of Google, has personally invested in two secretive flying car companies, ZeeAero and Kitty Hawk.

Much like with self-driving cars, actually creating a dual-purpose flying car is more likely a matter of when than if.

When it comes to overcoming regulatory obstacles, flying car startups may be taking their cues from SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who bulldozed his way into the automotive manufacturing business.

While Tesla’s profitability remains a concern for investors, there’s no question that Musk has made a name for himself and his sleek electric sedans while causing many consumers to reevaluate electric vehicles.

Similarly, flying car companies may also be taking an if-you-build-it-they-will-buy-it approach, banking on public demand pushing lawmakers to pave the way for the new transportation. Terrafugia, Zee.Aero and others did not respond to a request for comment.

For the moment, the FAA is taking a “flexible, risk-based approach” to evaluating this evolving tech, especially when it comes to machines that would not require drivers to be pilots and instead fly themselves.