People has been talking about the “Flying Car” invention for several years now, by the pace technology advances everyday, we are all expecting to go out to work one of these days, and just see one of these aerodynamic flying vehicles passing us by on the freeway. But the truth is that, it is still far from becoming a reality.
One of these flying car prototypes crashed during a test flight in Slovakia on Friday May 8th. The so-called “Aeromobile” was piloted by Stefan Klein, a co-founder of the company. Klein was able to deploy a parachute for the vehicle, which is said to have helped ease the severity of the impact.
Witnesses near the Nitra Janíkovce airport described seeing the flying car go into a tailspin before the parachute was deployed. Klein was taken to the hospital and released without any serious injuries. However, the flying car wasn’t so lucky. Judging by the photos taken at the scene, the vehicle sustained fairly serious damage.
If the Aeromobile name sounds familiar, that’s because it has been the Great Flight Hope of flying car nerds recently.
The vehicle has been featured prominently in magazines and newspapers around the world, with promises that the flying car is now just around the corner. The company has even claimed that they could release the vehicle by 2017.
For what it’s worth, the company is putting on a brave public face, saying that crashes are all part of the struggles to get experimental vehicles operational.
“The detailed data and overall experience from this test flight will be thoroughly analyzed and the results will be used in the ongoing R&D and improvements of the prototype,” Aeromobile said in a statement released on May 9th: “Testing of the current prototype 3.0 and further product development will continue after the replacement of the damaged parts.”
It’s unclear if this will impact the company’s planned public release of the vehicle within the next two years. But honestly, we weren’t holding our breath, even before this weekend’s crash.
Below, a photo of what the Aeromobile flying car looks like when it’s not all mounted.
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