Next Big Future did a great round up of flying cars in development. I’ll just be covering one of them here. ParaJet Automotive has started taking preorders for their $80,000 SkyCar. Earlier this year it was flown (more like glided) from London, England, to Timbuktu, Mali. It has a take-off speed of 37 mph, a top speed of 100 mph, and a cruising speed of 82 mph. It’s take-off range is 150 meters, and from there it can travel 200 miles on a tank of leprechaun blood or unicorn tears or whatever it is this magical car needs run. You can see it in action in the two videos below, and here’s how the official website describes it:
The Parajet SkyCar in “fly mode” is suspended by the latest ram-air wing and capable of take-off from a field or airstrip in less than 200 metres. It will be easier and safer to fly than any other aircraft, as it has no pitch control and therefore impossible to stall or dive. Should the engine fail, the pilot would simply glide down into the nearest field or strip of sandy desert. In the unlikely event of catastrophic wing failure, car connection system failure or mid-air collision, an emergency ballistic reserve parachute can be deployed.
Glide into a field or desert? Eff that. I’m aiming this at the line outside a PG-13 horror movie screening. Taste my rapidly-descending steel, Hot Topic shoppers!