A £68,000 futuristic flying car takes to the skies for the first time in Tuscany, Italy, called the Jetson ONE and co-founded by Tomasz Patan. It could be the game-changer in the highly-volatile ‘flying car’ business.
It’s been years since the promise of a flying car that will solve all vehicle congestion problems on the ground would take off.
Japan is leading in some aspects of research and development in the flying car business but we are yet to see a car fly from Japan, let alone from a city to another but no cars have flown in Japan at all.
At best, Suzuki, which is also developing cargo drones, aims to launch a ‘flying car’ service in Osaka in 2025.
Now, with Jetson ONE flying, can we start seeing cars falling from the skies?
Flying Car trip Cut short
However, according to the company, the journey of the flying Jetson was cut by 88%.
The trip to Santa Maria a Monte is a “momentous occasion for the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) sector,” according to Jetson.
The aircraft has eight electric motors, a flight time of 20 minutes, and a top speed of 102kph (63mph).
It is made of a lightweight aluminium space frame inspired by race cars and a Carbon-Kevlar composite body.
“On May 21, after months of rigorous testing, the Jetson team completed the first-ever eVTOL commute,” says San Sunner, Jetson’s Head of Communications.
“The team waited in anticipation for the Jetson ONE arrival at the Santa Maria a Monte facility in Tuscany.”
Tomasz Patan, co-founder and CTO, adds that the long-term goal is to democratise flight. “We firmly believe the ‘eVTOL’ is the future for mass transportation. We are committed to making this a reality.”
Peter Ternstrom, co-founder and President says, “The Jetson is built like a formula one car for the sky and is incredibly fun to fly.
“Most importantly, the Flight Stabilisation System we developed makes flight super easy. We can make anyone a pilot in less than five minutes.”