Driverless cars are almost here
Pal V International is a Dutch firm that is making the dream of a flying car a reality. Many sci-fi films have pushed the dream of flying automobiles to the public, and until very recently that was what it is was, just a dream, as past prototypes have not been viable for the consumer market. Production of the Personal Air and Land vehicle begins in October this year, and enthusiasts are very excited at the prospect of a car that can operate on both the road and in the air. The three-wheeled vehicles will be legal on the roads and in the sky, but the substantial price tag of £437,000 will ensure that this car is only available to a niche market.
The lift is created by a wind-powered rotor, giving the flying element of the car a gyroplane principle. Safety tests have proven successful, and the freedom offered by its ability to fly in the air or drive on the ground makes this car a very appealing prospect for customers who would like to utilise the versatility of such a machine. The car has been under strict test conditions for many years, and the two-seated vehicle is finally at the stage where it is to be unveiled to the public and take its place within the mainstream marketplace.
Operating the car is like something out of a James Bond or Batman movie, as just a single button enables the blades to fold down in order to make the car suitable for the road. Pal V International hopes to produce between 50 and 100 of the Pal V during 2019, and in 2020 the firm is expecting to increase the production of the car to ‘quite a few hundred’. The first customer will receive their flying car by the end of 2018, and from that point the sky is the limit for this ground-breaking Dutch company.