© AEROMOBIL. Forget Driverless Cars: Flying Cars Coming Soon
Slovak tech firm AeroMobil won't be giving up on their mission to create a Jetsons-esque flying car, despite the crash landing of a prototype during a test flight last month.The company hasn't disclosed exactly what went wrong with that May 8 flight, but after reaching an altitude of 900 feet (270 meters), inventor Stefan Klein, who was piloting the vehicle, had to deploy a parachute to slow the descent of the car in an "emergency landing"
In the meantime the company will have to obtain permission for commercial flying from the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The current model is six meters long and can fit in a garage or parking spaces, but once it reaches an airfield it can spread its wings quickly to convert to a small plane.
"In the past you needed two separate products."
The AeroMobil 3.0 — the prototype that crashed — will still be featured at the Milan Expo 2015.
That version runs on gasoline and seats two. It can reach a top ground speed of 99 MPH and has a range of 545 miles. In the air, that goes up to 124 MPH with a range of 435 miles.
It only needs about 650 feet of grass to take off, and 160 feet to land.