Whether we admit or not, most of us have at one time or another wished that we could just fly to our destination instead of riding a car. Blame Manila traffic for this, if you will. Well, this may not necessarily be science-fiction anymore as the world’s first flying car, the PAL-V Liberty makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
Created by Dutch manufacturer PAL-V, the Liberty is a mix between an actual three-wheeled road car and an aircraft. The road car part is quite straightforward, with three wheels for traction. As for the aircraft part, it uses helicopter blades and a pusher prop to keep it in flight. Once airborne, the wheels retract and it it said to fly like a small plane.
One drawback, though, is that converting from car to plane and vice-versa isn’t as simple as pushing a button. There is a bit of mechanical tweaking involved, that, according to sources, can take anywhere from five to 10 minutes. And yes, you will need to have both a driver’s license and a pilot’s license to be able to drive, err, fly, err, operate this thing.