The flying automotive has been pictured in works of fantasy like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, The Jetsons, Star Wars, Blade Runner and also similarly bewildered human imagination in technology magazines like Popular Science and Popular Mechanics.
In 1940, industrialist Ford magnificently predicted: “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”
In 1956, Ford’s Advanced Design studio came up with the Volante Tri-Athodyne, a 3/8 scale construct the automotive model.it absolutely was designed to possess 3 ducted fans, each of which was equipped with a motor, that will raise it off the bottom and carry it in the air.
In 1957, Popular Mechanics according to that Hiller Helicopters is developing a ducted-fan craft that can be flown more easily than helicopters and may cost considerably lesser. Experts speculate that in coming decade a four-place fan would value even more than a smart automotive.
Hiller engineers foresee that this kind of an aircraft would generate a chronology of related personal flying vehicles being used for variable specialized purposes.
In 1956, the United States Army’s Transportation Research Command wanted to investigate the possibilities of developing ‘flying jeeps’. They toyed with the idea of making a ducted-fan-based craft that would be much smaller in size, more automated and easier to handle on a flight than conventional helicopters. In 1957, Chrysler, Curtiss-Wright, and Piasecki were appointed in contracts for manufacturing and supplying of these prototypes.
All of them came up with their prototypes, but Piasecki’s VZ-8 was the foremost flourishing and was well-accepted. It could work ordinarily near the ground level, but would astonishingly take -off and fly up to many thousands of feet, and showed great promise and resilience on the wing.
Until now, the most advanced world’s flying automotive has been built up by the Slovakian company AeroMobil. Its latest model AeroMobil 3.0, a flying automotive that completely makes use of existing infrastructure created for cars and planes, and has re-emerged with the possibilities of real door-to-door travel.
Not with standing the technical difficulties to actually engineer a flying car Urban Aeronautics’ has come up with X-Hawk that is envisioned to be a VTOL turbojet battery-powered craft declared in 2006. The designers wanted to create a military and rescue operations vehicle that could be operated like tandem rotor helicopter but with ducted fans in place of exposed rotors.
The Moller Skycar M400 another personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft that is battery-powered by four pairs of in-tandem Wankel rotary engines, and is proposed to deal with the issues of satellite-navigation that are included in the ‘Small Aircraft Transportation System’.
Moller had previously stated that the Skycar could only take-off from airports or helipads but has also claimed its product as the only feasible and affordable option.
The Xplorair PX200 designed under a French project of developing a single-seater VTOL craft lacking a rotating airfoil not rotating the device, wishing on the Coandă impact that relies on an array of light jet engines that are basically the more actors embedded at intervals tiltwings’ body.
On May 7, 2013, Terrafugia brought up the TF-X, a plug-in hybrid tilt-rotor vehicle that might be the primary totally autonomous flying automotive.The prototype is equipped with rechargeable batteries that render the craft a range of 500 miles in each flight after a complete fill.
So, the future is full of the possibility of the birth of a flying very soon as it can be seen that numerous automotive manufacturing units are just so seriously gestating with the idea of ‘A Flying Car’. As per source aflyingcars.com, the first Flying Car is due to launch somewhere between 2017 – 2018.