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Aeromobil launched at Pioneers

Pioneers Festival in Vienna today marked the unveiling of the AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup that is aiming to turn the typical car driver in a plane pilot as well.

Pioneers Festival in Vienna today marked the unveiling of the AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup that is aiming to turn the typical car driver in a plane pilot as well.

The company took the wraps off AeroMobil 3.0, the latest iteration of its flying car that has been in development for almost 25 years. We believe personal transportation is about to change forever, said AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik at a press conference. We think it’s time to make transportation more emotional and more personal.

The car was designed by Stefan Klein, founder, and head of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia. Klein had been tinkering with the concept as far back as 1989. In 2010, he teamed with Vaculik to start AeroMobil to commercialize the project. In 2013, a previous prototype of the car was certified by Slovakia’s Aviation Authority for use in that country.

The latest prototype is now undergoing testing for certification in Slovakia, and the company says it’s close to being commercially available. The body is built from advanced composite materials that keep it lightweight but also durable. Under the hood, it has an autopilot and an advanced parachute deployment system.

The aim of the company is to put the flying car into developing markets where there is little infrastructure like roads, highways, and airports. The car/plane requires a short runway to take off and it is available to refuel in any normal gas station with wings retracted of course. It goes up to 200km/h when flying and can carry two people in style. The price was not mentioned though.