Will flying cars ever take off? | The Sunday Times Magazine

The ultimate trophy for the upwardly mobile, flying cars are a reality at last. But will they be more than playthings for the rich, asks Nick Rufford

Clockwise from top left: EHang 184; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Terrafugia Transition; AeroMobil, a Slovakian flying car; PAL-V Liberty; Aerocar; Supercar; The Jetsons; Moller M400 Skycar; Back to the Future’s DeLorean

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Are we close to a new era of commuting to work in personal air and land vehicles (that’s flying cars to you and me)? It is an appealing idea: the freedom of the skies, no traffic jams and maybe no vehicle tax. There has been a flurry of news suggesting it is about to come true.

A Dutch firm, PAL-V, has developed a road-going gyrocopter with foldaway rotors — the kind of machine James Bond would use to evade his pursuers. On land the ’copter will hit 62mph from standstill in less than nine seconds. When you run out of road, it simply transforms into an autogyro, seating two in tandem. With an eye on the American market, the manufacturer has set up a flying school…

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