Dutch company PAL-V launched "the world's first production flying car". Guests can now book a place in the queue for the first car PAL-V Liberty, which is expected to release by the end of 2018.
Is this transformer: on earth he behaves like a normal car, but easily pushes the blades or wings to fly. Explain with an example already mentioned, the PAL-V.
It looks like a three-wheeled runabout, but behind him folded rotor blades and propeller. In "air mode", PAL-V Liberty like a helicopter, but in fact it is the gyro, which takes off and sits like a regular plane.
For takeoff flying car needs at least 180 meters flat surface, so takeoff and landing are only possible on specially prepared strips. Neither of which take off from the infield (unless it is very large and smooth area) or side of the highway is not yet mentioned.
Very expensive. "Cheap" package PAL-V Liberty Sport is $400 thousand dollars, but will be available only after 90 premium copies (Pioneer Edition) will sell for 600 bucks apiece.
Yes. There are two main areas. The first a small plane with folding wings adapted to move along the roads. This, for example, or AeroMobil Terrafugia Transition, a third version which he introduced in 2016. Their major drawback is the same as that of the PAL-V Liberty: for takeoff and landing need a prepared strip.
Another type of the flying machines eliminates these inconveniences due to the "helicopter" version of the takeoff and landing of tiltrotor principle. A similar prototype called the TF-X Terrafugia develops, but there is not even approximate the timing of his demonstration. Another potential developer of such a system would be Uber moved engineer from NASA, who 30 years worked on vertical takeoff and landing.
We don't know. The experience of using a piece of flying machines have only their manufacturers, and statistics simply do not exist.
The creators of such cars has already proposed a number of inventions that will protect the passenger in case of an accident. For example, the PAL-V Liberty decided to cross a car with a gyro, and because of the unique properties of this aircraft. Even if it simply runs out of fuel, the car can sit on a flat surface, because the rotor rotates by itself and does not depend on engine operation.
For cars, airplanes invented the parachute rescue system. Moreover, the test AeroMobil has had a chance to try it in action. During the event in 2015, the parachute was able not only to save the life of the pilot, but dropped the car on the ground with minimal damage.
Yes. Once the car is up in the air, he ceases to be a car and becomes a flying machine. And managing them is only entitled to the pilot.
For example, the gyroplane one of the easiest to control types of aircraft. It is necessary for him to receive the certificate of the Amateur pilot. In Russia, the fee is 200 to 300 thousand rubles depending on the flight school and type, which you learn to fly.
Of course, much more carefully than an ordinary car. You need to at least inspect the unit before each flight and often enough to give it to the experts for review. For example, the PAL-V needs to be serviced about every 100 hours of flying time.
It's a flying car! Perhaps for Russia, where airports are not more than three hundred, it don't look too tempting. But in the United States with nearly 15 thousand runways this machine may well become an independent form of transport.
Flying machine may synchronously and fly around the tube, and bypass storm front. And that's not to mention the obvious advantages such as the ability to "go" to the island or simply admire the view from the height of bird flight.
Optional. First, the air is much more space than on normal roads: aircraft can move not only left and right but also up and down. Second, the traffic in the air can also be adjusted.
Now NASA has been developing the motion control system of drones without human assistance. This is because small aircrafts are getting bigger and their position in the air must be monitored to prevent accidents. The system is supposed to allocate air route and no-fly zone.
We don't know. On the establishment of the production model is reported for the first time. Referred to the road plane Terrafugia Transition promised to deliver the first customers since 2011, but there is no exact date until now.
Another startup AeroMobil promised to start taking orders for my car with folding wings in 2017, and the start of serial production takes two to three years.
In short, if flying cars will become a mass phenomenon, it is unlikely that this will happen in the near future. While they are too expensive.