The company’s web site features a video where the AeroMobil 3.0 drives
out of a hangar and goes down a highway, sharing the road with regular
cars until it arrives at an airstrip. The car then unfolds its wings and
takes off from a stretch of grass, rather than a paved tarmac, and flies
through the air like any other small airplane.
Flying cars aren’t exactly new. The concept has been around since long
before "The Jetsons" popularized the idea in the 1960s. It’s been a
regular topic in Popular Science ever since World War I ace Eddie
Rickenbacker wrote about it in 1924.
But getting a practical, reliable flying car off the ground has been a
Glenn Curtiss, a rival of the Wright Brothers, discovered this in 1918
when he developed the Curtiss Autoplane. It turned out to be more of a
hopper than a flyer, so it failed to take off with the public.
The AeroMobil 3.0 has at least one competitor, the Terrafugia
Transition, which also runs on gas and has folding wings. Terrafugia has
said in the past that it plans to release the Transition into the market