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Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

22 April 2017

AeroMobil announced Thursday at Top Marques Monaco it has begun accepting preorders for a flying auto, which it plans to deliver to customers by 2019, according to a press release. AeroMobil Flying Car, displayed at the Top Marques Monaco.

The bad news is that it costs $1.3 million, requires a pilot's license to operate and a runway to lift off, is only certified to fly in Europe, and probably will never be legal to use as anything but an ordinary vehicle or an ordinary plane. You're going to need pretty deep pockets to be one of the lucky few getting your hands on the first limited run though - the price starts at $1.3 million (about £1M United Kingdom, $1.7M AU) - and you'll need to have both a driver's license and a pilot's license drive/fly it.

"I think it's going to be a very niche product, " said Philip Mawby, professor of electronic engineering and head of research at the University of Warwick, AP reported. The question is bringing it to the market at an affordable cost, and making it a useful product'. It's also not exactly legal to use a highway as a runway.

AutoMobil claims the flying car can transform to full flight mode in less than three minutes
Aero Mobil claims the flying car can transform to full flight mode in less than three minutes

The previous AeroMobil 3.0 prototype made news in 2014 when it was presented in Vienna, but no test-flight took place then.

Pricing for AeroMobil's flying vehicle is expected to start at $1.2 million, though it reportedly could cost as much as $1.6 million.

The team has said was built in compliance with the existing regulatory frameworks for both cars and airplanes.

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And over the years, it has morphed into a fully functioning machine.

The reveal comes at a time when several companies have expressed an interest in developing flying cars, such as Uber and Zee.Aero, a secretive company funded by Google co-founder Larry Page.

'Our first model looked quite freakish and it would have problems in the regular use.

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The infrastructure and nature of today's society simply doesn't leave much space for flying cars, unfortunately.

'The vehicle is constructed to be fueled at regular gas stations using the fuel for Rotax 912 ULS engine'.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane?