AeroMobil just unveiled a brand new prototype of its futuristic flying car in Brussels. The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest version of the vehicle, which is designed to be both driven on the road and flown through the air. Perhaps the most exciting part of the Brussels presentation came when AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik announced that the company is planning to commercialize the car by 2017.
The AeroMobil 3.0 is one of several new experimental prototypes from the Slovakian company, which hopes to debut several additional features and design improvements by the end of the year. While the company’s current prototypes are all two-seated vehicles, Vaculik hinted that could change, calling it only the “first product in a series of innovative vehicles.” Unfortunately, details about future designs haven’t yet been made public.
While it’s easy to see a flying car as a luxury item, the AeroMobil team insists that there are practical uses for the vehicle. For example, it could cut commuters’ travel time, help people travel medium distances, and could even be used by first responders and law enforcement in areas with poor road infrastructure. Though the company calls the AeroMobil a “car,” it will need to be certified as an aircraft as well as a road vehicle.
Those who want to see the flying roadster up close can go to the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels during working hours until August 1st.