Powered by BMW to the skies
There’s only room for two people inside so you can consider the AirCar a coupe of sorts.
According to Robb Report, the AirCar is powered by a BMW-sourced 1.6-liter engine good for 140 horsepower.
What’s more, the Slovakia-based startup says it aims for a flying range of roughly 620 miles (just short of 1000 kilometers) and a top flying speed of 124 mph (200 kph).
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Klein Vision also believes the AirCar can be driver (or flown) “to the golf course, the office, the mall or your hotel and park it in a normal parking space.” Now, this sounds all milk and honey but shouldn’t these locations offer some sort of landing/take-off strip for the car to arrive and depart safely? How will one be able to land it inside a crammed parking lot? Forget about the cars that are already there, what about trees, light poles, and whatnot?
Of course, it’s not our intention to rain on Klein Vision’s parade here and it’s nice to see a glimpse of what flying cars could be, but there’s still a lot of road to be covered before we see these things on the street… and in the sky. Just look at how autonomous cars have been hit by system failure, users misunderstanding names such as Autopilot, not to mention laws and regulation.
It will take a while before flying cars gain some traction (or should we say lift?), but we’re also interested in knowing your opinion, especially since Klein Vision wants to come up with a production-ready AirCar within the next six months. Would you buy one or pass?