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Sales of flying cars will be taking off soon, say manufacturers

Sales of flying cars will be taking off soon, say manufacturers


The prospect of cars flying above us in the sky might seem rather far-fetched, but it could be a reality if two manufacturers stick to their promises to bring airborne vehicles to market in the next couple of years.

Netherlands-based Pal-V has already started taking orders for its Liberty car, the first examples of which are due to be handed over to purchasers in 2020. 

Many clients have already started courses of flying lessons in preparation for deliveries, the firm has said. 

The three-wheeled Pal-V is available to order now as a limited ‘Pioneer Edition’. Prices start from €499,000 (£445,000) excluding taxes. 

Mike Stekelenburg, Pal-V's chief engineer, said:

“Instead of opting for a flying car concept on the basis of not-yet-existing or immature technologies requiring new regulations, we deliberately chose to design, engineer and manufacture a flying car with proven technologies. This approach enables a realistic and imminent first product delivery date.”

Another maker – Terrafugia, based in the US – is also readying a flying car for market – with people able to place orders from next month. First deliveries of its Transition vehicle will take place next year. 

Both vehicles will use gyroplane technology, with the Pal-V already compliant with European and American safety regulations. 

Any driver of these vehicles will need a pilot’s licence to be able to get behind the wheel, which usually involves around 30-40 hours of training for a gyroplane. 

Despite being described as ‘flying cars’, the vehicles will need to be adapted once they land to be able to be used on the road, and likewise when they take to the air. Pal-V claims its vehicle can be adapted in as little as 10 minutes.