Remember watching Back to the Future Part II, where they travel to 2015 (less than 8 years away) and the highways are in the sky? Back in 1989, this future seemed light years away and totally probable. Gotta love the movies! Now, Moller International is creating ‘flying saucer’ like cars that have eight engines which can run on petrol, diesel or even ethanol and fly 10ft. off the ground. With the skycar, rush hour is no longer an issue. Sound too good to be true — it probably is (for now.) You can get your own flying saucer in a few months for close to $1 million. Read the article from the BBC:
It has been called the vehicle of the future and the ultimate way to beat the rush hour commute.
It is the M 200G, otherwise known as a “flying saucer”, which is being built by a company in Davis, California called Moller International.
It says the futuristic contraption will go on sale in a few months and hopes to expand production to 250 a year.
Company representatives say it is easy to operate, with plenty of leg room and space for a passenger.
But customers may still have a while to wait.
So far, the flying car’s inventor has been hard at work for more than four decades – and despite frequent assurances that success is just around the corner, the vehicle has yet to get anywhere near the mass market.
Capable of vertical take-off and landing, the craft – so far a one-off prototype – hovers like a helicopter up to 10ft off the ground. Any higher and the driver would need a pilot’s licence.
It is the brainchild of Dr Paul Moller, an aeronautics engineer who envisions a “highway in the sky” which he believes could cut conventional commuter traffic in half.
“We have this wonderful natural resource above us,” Dr Moller told the BBC.
“Look at the sky above us – how many aircraft do you see? It’s a great space that is not being utilised. That is what we plan to use. Cars are finished as a means of getting around. It’s only a matter of time.”