Flying car costing more than $1 million goes on show in Monaco

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 20, 2017

Slovakian company AeroMobil on Thursday debuted its limited first edition flying vehicle at Monaco's Top Marques auto show, and announced that it would start taking preorders that it will deliver in 2020.

A Slovakia-based company unveiled the commercial design for a flying auto priced at more than $1 million on Thursday, saying it was ready for pre-orders with first deliveries expected by 2020.

AeroMobil said its teardrop-like shaped AeroMobil Flying Car, displayed at the Top Marques Monaco, could switch to flight mode in less than three minutes.

The two-seated vehicle powered by hybrid propulsion can transform from auto to plane in under 3 minutes. It also boasts a driving range of 700 km (434 miles) and a flight range that's a bit longer at 750 km (466 miles) at 75 percent of its top speed. Top ground speed for the AeroMobil car-plane is around 100 miles per hour, while it can do around 224 miles per hour while gunning it during flight. Passengers would be provided with airbags for in-air and on-road accidents.

The company, one of several developing such flying vehicles, aims to make up to 500 units of its first commercially available edition, priced at 1.2 million to 1.5 million euros ($1.29 million to $1.61 million). While flying cars may seem like a fad for the rich, it might become something more than that, with ride-share companies like uber taking an interest in the technology. In a few years, we may be able to have our pick of flying cars - although none are likely to be DeLoreans.

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