The world’s first fully-functional flying car is upon us and life as we know it may never be the same again.
There was a time when the idea of taking flight on four wheels was the stuff of science fiction, but PAL-V have just made it science fact.
Officially unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show and already available to purchase in Sweden, pre-orders are being accepted on the PAL-V flying car with a view to shipping them out in 2019.
The two-seater is technically a gyroplane, can land pretty much anywhere and has been designed with practicality in mind.
The PAL-V boasts a range of close to 350 miles. It can reach speeds of up to 100 mph on the road and 112 mph in flight.
There’s no risk of mid-air collision either, with the PAL-V only capable for flying up to 11,000 feet.
Switching between driving and flying mode can prove tricky and has to be done manually in a process that can take around 10 minutes. That’s not exactly smooth.
Flying planes don’t come cheap either, with a starting price of $600,000 () in place. You also have to obtain a pilot’s license, on top of your driver’s license, if you want to actually use it.
Stock is also seriously limited with just 90 PAL-Vs produced as part of this first batch.
That might seem like a lot of money for something that clearly still needs a few wrinkles ironed out, but it will totally be worth it once you are able to fly your way out of any approaching traffic jam.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.