Electric flying car is a step towards ‘magic carpet’ aerial commuting, say manufacturers

Electric flying car is a step towards 'magic carpet' aerial commuting, say manufacturers

Swedish company Jetson Aero has built what it says is the first commercially available personal electric aerial vehicle and hopes that in the future it will be able to replace traditional cars as a means of transport.

The Jetson One is a vertical take-off and landing vehicle for one person that the company says takes five minutes to learn how to fly. It has four horizontally mounted propellers, one at each corner of the vehicle, like a small civilian radio controlled drone. 

Jetson Aero Founder and Chief Technical Officer Tomasz Patan explained that the vehicle’s flight control system was a fly-by-wire system which means it uses computers to process the flight control inputs. 

The aluminium and carbon fiber, eight-engine ‘flying car’, sells for 92,000 USD and can reach a top speed of 102 km/h and run for 18 minutes.

Jetson Aero Founder and President Peter Ternstrom said there was a lot of…

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