The First Flying Car

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The first flying car, developed by  Alef Aeronautics, has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) permission to test run the vehicle on the road and in the sky, USA Today reports. “Alef is the first company to receive a Special Airworthiness Certification from the FAA, the company said in a news release. The certification limits the locations and purpose for which the vehicle is allowed to fly.”

Screenshot credit: NewScientist

The historical significance of this cannot be overstated. While there have been pioneers like Terrafugia, Paul Moller, and Henry Ford, this is the first time a vehicle, in the traditional sense (parks and drives like a car, functions like a car, looks like a car), has received permission to fly. It’s also important that Alef is the first electric car which received permission to fly. And, last but not least, the ability for vertical takeoff is central to most people’s conception of a ‘flying car’.”

– Jim Dukhovny, Aef CEO, told USA TODAY

The Alef’s “Model A” flying vehicle is 100% electric, reportedly carries only one or two occupants, has vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.

According to CNN, the vehicle will have a road-range of 200 miles and a flying range of 110 miles, and expected cost $300,000 each with the first delivery by projected for the end of 2025.

“Development has been underway on the vehicle since 2015. Four friends, Constantine Kisly, Pavel Markin, Oleg Petrov and Dukhovny, inspired by the “Back to the Future” movies (which foresaw flying cars being available in that year), decided to form a company to try to develop them”, CNN writes.