Slovakia–based engineering company AeroMobil reveals its recent concept of a flying car that combines a driven vehicle and an aircraft. With AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL, users will effortlessly shift from driving into flying mode.
The company hopes that AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL will be available for shipment in 2025 and in the next seven to ten years ready for purchase. AeroMobil ultimately aims to mass-produce flying cars in the future.
Key Features of AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL
VTOL stands for vertical take-off landing which means that the vehicle is intended for shared mobility. It is designed with two electrically driven rotors and one electric powered rear mounted pusher propeller.
The vehicle is built to accommodate four passengers with each of them having access to a personalized in-flight experience. The passengers will also have access to the flight and drive data, as well as an advanced communications system for them to stay connected in the air or on the ground.
AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL features also include the following:
1. Lift assistance motors on the tips of the wings for expanded flight performance and quality
2. Adaptive wings that ensure maximum efficiency in flight, improving safety and maximizing electric range
3. Rear extension and control surface for enhanced flight control, stability, and in-flight comfort
4. Adaptive suspension geometry for smooth landing and take-off improving occupant comfort
5. Battery package and drivetrain optimization for fleet use to maximize utilization in both urban and inter-urban use cases
AeroMobil Marries Version 4.0 and 5.0
To realize its concept for a car that can both be driven and flown, AeroMobil has built version 5.0 as an enhancement to its AeroMobil 4.0 STOL which is capable of short take-off and landing. The latter is already in trial stage and pre-orders are already been entertained since its official launch in 2017.
“We see flying cars as versatile vehicles that both fly and drive, which is what we will be able to offer with the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL and AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL concept. We plan to deliver the vehicles with the range needed for urban and intra-urban journeys, allowing customers to travel in any weather conditions while maximizing the efficiency for flying taxi operators,” says CTO of AeroMobil Douglas MacAndrew in a statement.
Test of AeroMobil Prototype Crashes in 2015
In March 2015, AeroMobil introduces the concept of an autonomous flying car that can be summoned through a smartphone. The company is in the high hopes of launching what it describes as “Ferrari with wings” by 2017. However, in May of the same year, the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype crashes during a test flight.
The company nevertheless remains optimistic, saying that the incident will be analyzed and inputs are going to be used to improve future prototypes. AeroMobil continues to be persistent with its developments. In fact, in its announcement of the AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL concept, the company mentions that 4.0 will be available in a limited series to private owners around the world in 2020. Chairman of AeroMobil Patrick Hessel also swears by 4.0’s highly advanced system.