The idea of a flying car has been around for years now, but if Paul Moller has his way one such creation will be airborne by 2010. He's been working on flying cars since he was a boy and the jury has been out on whether he'll succeed, but, even though it's only a prototype, the Moller may well be the closest thing we have to a flying automobile right now.
The newest prototype has already completed its initial hover tests. Within the next few months, his company hopes to continue with manned and untethered flights, with new and improved engines. After that, three pre-production aircraft will be built and tested in wind tunnels. Unfortunately, as there are many regulations governing air travel, even once it has successfully flown, Skycar will have a lot of hoops to jump through before it's finally available to the general public. Not least of which is making it affordable – current prices are around one million dollars.
If you want to fly a Skycar, you'll need a pilot's license, and, thanks to the fact that it will take off and land vertically, you may need experience flying a rotary-winged aircraft too.
Anyone who's interested in a Skycar (let's face it, who wouldn't be?) can join the waiting list – for a deposit of around $100,000. RM
Photos provided by Moller International, USA