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It's Here, It's Here! The Not-Quite-'Fifth-Element' AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car Is Here!

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | October 29, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | October 29, 2014 |

Forget all that Marvel stuff that happened yesterday, forget Interstellar; this is REAL LIFE, YO.

If you’ve ever been stuck in New York City area traffic (or anywhere there’s heavy traffic), there has to have been a moment where you dreamed about another way. The roads surrounding NYC are not only jam packed with cars, they’re in such a state of disrepair, your jaw is basically dislocated any time you actually do get moving. It doesn’t matter how many times they pave over the potholes and craters, so many new ones appear each year that it’s basically impossible to fathom the roads ever getting better. Every time we drive in and around the city, I wonder aloud what — if anything — will be done to deal with all the infrastructure problems. Will the powers that be just let the roads go until they crumble beneath us? Why haven’t they started building a second level, a la the GW Bridge? WTF will happen to us all? (Devoured by sinkhole, no doubt…) And off in the distant corners of my mind, I always come back to Besson’s Fifth Element; why in the heck aren’t we FLYING our cars, yet? Never mind the fact that we’ll all probably kill each other, because we can’t even follow road rules now; we *need* flying cars. I’ll never forget the lead up to that goddamned Segway piece of shit. I was sure that “IT” thing was going to be our flying car, and instead it turned out to be the one way we can make mall cops and tourists look even more stupid than they already do.

I digress, and for that I must apologize. Sorry! I just needed you to know how long my soul has been aching for this, and it’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! Yes, I was excited at yesterday’s Marvel news, and yes, I did love the new extended Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer (Spaderbot!). But this; this gave me ACTUAL CHILLS (nice musical manipulation) and by gum, it’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen this year.

DUDE(TTES), DID YOU SEE THE WINGS UNFOLD? Okay, so if you’re wondering how long takeoff from the actual road requires (you may have noticed, after sophisticated, silver-haired driver-man activated the wings, our pov transferred from the street to a grassy, airportish area), it’s 200 meters/650 feet (landing needs only 50 meters/164 feet). AAAAH, FLYING CAR! Where do I get my license? How do I get one? I’m sure I’ll buy one right away, after winning the lottery, of course…that’s just a thing.

The AeroMobil 3.0 was unveiled today by Slovakian startup AeroMobil at Vienna’s Pioneers Festiva. Designed by founder and head of Slovakia’s Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Stefan Klein (who’s been working on his concept since 1989), the vehicle can transport two people, is capable of speeds up to 124 mph, and runs on regular gas. The FLYING CAR is currently undergoing certification testing and is “close to commercial availability.”

Read more at AeroMobil.

*breathing into paper bag*

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)