Flying car unveiled at Detroit Auto Show
Alef has unveiled it’s flying car as the company says the time of cars is over.
DETROIT (FOX 2) – Imagine your drive to work is just a quick flight. That could open up the possibilities of where you live dramatically! Alef wants that to be a reality as it unveiled its plan to build and sell flying cars.
On Wednesday, during the first day of media availability at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show, Alef Aeronautics unveiled its concept for a flying car.
The flying car, which took several years for the company to develop and is autonomous, was flown during the media days of the auto show. It’s powered by four small engines where wheels would traditionally sit, is equipped with a mesh on the top to allow air through for the propellors
It’s 100% electric, has a maximum flying range of 200 miles, made of ultra-light carbon fiber material, and is environmentally friendly. It’s also made to be safer than anything that flies today.
He said it has more safety features than helicopters and airplanes
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There was a major problem to solve: how to make it aerodynamic and how to fly it without wings – which would break the laws of physics.
To solve the problem, the car, after take-off, turns vertical with the driver remaining in the center in a ‘gimbal cabin’, which is similar to a gyroscope.
Alef CEO Jim Dukhovny unveiled the car, which he said has three modes: flying, driving, and what he calls hopping.
“If you want to get from point a to point b, you choose how you get there,” he said.
There are some drawbacks, however, namely that you need a pilot’s license to fly the vehicle.
Dukhovny said they’re still working with the FAA to get legal authorization. He expects that, within ten years, they can get the price of the car down to $35,000 and no longer require a pilot’s license to operate.
To date, there are 12 full-size prototypes.
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