If you still feel like you were somehow promised flying cars based on Popular Science magazine covers in the 1960s then you re in luck, because Dutch company PAL-V is now accepting pre-orders for its Liberty vehicle, which it calls the first certified commercial flying car ever.
The three-wheeled car has a retractable top-mounted rotor, making it more like a motor trike with gyrocopter skills than a car, per se.
Still, it does both drive and fly, which is double what most cars or aircraft can do reasonably well, and if you want the future now, PAL-V is willing to give it to you – at a price, and you still have to wait a little while longer to actually take delivery.
Pricing begins at $400,000, but that s for a base model before taxes.
If you want the proper trim and kit, you ll spring for the $600,000 Pioneer edition, which adds at-home training, power heating, fancy detailing and an electronic flight instrument display instead of the boring old electromechanical option.
You don t have to pay all of that up front, since PAL-V says it s aiming at the end of this year for production of test and certification craft, and delivery of fully certified vehicles by the end of 2018.