If we are to believe the Slovakian company AeroMobil, a flying car is finally in its final stages of development. The concept has gone from whimsical dream to prototype and is reportedly ready to be produced this month. The car’s lead designer Stefan Klein has been working on the car for 20 years and believes he has finally come out with what should actually be a street legal plane-car that he will debut at the Pioneers Festival in Austria on October 29.
The specs are impressive: AeroMobil says its machine can fly at an altitude of 6,000 feet and go 430 miles on one tank of gas. That gas, by the way can be acquired at a standard gas station. It can also drive the boring way 540 miles on a single tank, and fit into a standard street parking spot (thanks to retractable wings). Although if you can afford to buy a flying car, you’re doing valet. The price hasn’t been set yet, but Klein says he expects it to sell for “several hundred thousand euros.” But like any good technology, that price will come down eventually and maybe we’ll all be low-altitude pilots.
In anxious anticipation, here are seven things we’re excited about.