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.