Dutch company PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) has announced they have successfully completed the first flying tests of its PAL-V One flying car. The special model abides by all legal requirements in major markets for both air and road travel. The company is now looking for investors to continue the development to the full production stage.
The PAL-V One flies similar to a gyrocopter and lifts into the air with its auto-rotating rotor while the foldable push propeller at the rear generates the forward speed. It can travel in the air at speeds of up to 180 kph (112 mph / 97 knots) and has a range of between 350 km (217 miles) and 500 km (311 miles).
On the road, the flying car will ride on a three-wheel platform that tilts to maintain aerodynamic stability. It can accelerate from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in under 8 seconds, has a top speed of 180 kph (112 mph) and has a range of up to 1200 km (746 miles).
PAL-V has confirmed they are already receiving lots of interest from potential customers who would required between 20 and 30 hours of training to gain the licence to fly the car.