THIS is the moment a £68,000 futuristic flying car takes to the skies and completes its first ever commute.
Tomasz Patan, co-founder of Swedish firm Jetson, piloted the Jetson ONE vehicle from his Italian home to a company building in Tuscany.
The firm say the journey was reduced by 88 per cent.
Jetson say the trip to the Santa Maria a Monte facility is a “momentous occasion for the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) sector.”
The aircraft is powered by eight electric motors, has a flight time of 20 minutes, and can reach a top speed of 102kph (63mph).
It is constructed of a race car inspired lightweight aluminium space frame and Carbon-Kevlar composite body.
Running on a high discharge lithium-ion battery, the vehicle can carry a pilot’s weight of 210 pounds (100kg).
San Sunner, Jetson Head of Communications, said: “On May 21, after months of rigorous testing, the Jetson team completed the first-ever eVTOL commute.
“The team waited in anticipation for the Jetson ONE arrival at the Santa Maria a Monte facility in Tuscany.”
Tomasz Patan, co-founder and CTO, added: “Our long-term goal is to democratise flight. We firmly believe the ‘eVTOL’ is the future for mass transportation. We are committed to making this a reality.”
“The Jetson is built like a formula one car for the sky and incredibly fun to fly. Most importantly, the Flight Stabilisation System we developed makes flight super easy. We can make anyone a pilot in less than five minutes,” said Peter Ternstrom, co-founder and President.
Jetson say their prototype “proof of concept” was finished in the spring of 2018, and have since been working on a “consumer-friendly” version.
They add: “The entire 2022 production is sold out, but we are accepting orders for 2023 delivery.”
Previously, Slovakian firm AeroMobil unveiled its AM NEXT, billed as the “world’s first” flying taxi, which could be flying around passengers within five years.
The hybrid model is half supercar and half light aircraft and takes less than three minutes to transform between modes.
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