The flying car completes first ever inter-city flight
Flying car completes 35-minute test flight between citiesBy Jack Guy, CNN Business
Updated 10:44 AM ET, Wed June 30, 2021
London (CNN Business)A prototype flying car has completed a test flight between two cities in Slovakia, spending 35 minutes airborne.
Klein Vision's AirCar flew between Nitra and the capital Bratislava on Monday, according to a press release published Wednesday.
The AirCar Prototype 1 is powered by a 160 horsepower BMW engine, and comes equipped with a fixed propeller. It transforms from aircraft to road vehicle in less than three minutes.
It has now completed more than 40 hours of test flights, according to Klein Vision, including flying at 8,200 feet and reaching a maximum cruising speed of 190 kilometers per hour (118 miles per hour).
After landing in Bratislava on Monday, the aircraft transformed into a car, and was driven into the city center by Klein Vision CEO Stefan Klein and company co-founder Anton Zajac.
"AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept," Zajac said in the press release. "It has turned science fiction into a reality."
The company is working on a model called AirCar Prototype 2, which will boast a 300 horsepower engine.
It is expected to be able to cruise at 300 kilometers per hour (186 miles per hour) and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).
Uber (UBER) and Hyundai (HYMTF) unveiled plans for an electric flying taxi at last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Michael Cole, the CEO of Hyundai's European unit, said on Tuesday that the South Korean automaker is working "very actively" on the program.
Volkswagen (VLKAF) said in February that it is looking into flying vehicles in China. Meanwhile, Porsche, Daimler (DDAIF) and Toyota (TM) have all backed startups in what is known as the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) industry.
In August 2020, Japanese company Sky Drive Inc. conducted Japan's first public demonstration of a flying vehicle. The car took off from Toyota Test Field and circled for around four minutes.