PAL-V Liberty flying car starts road admission
PAL-V announced that it has recently started the European Road Admission process, a milestone toward the start of delivery. The air certification has reached the final stage as well, compliance demonstration.
"The term flying car is used for two different applications. The first flying cars, fly and drive, and are used like cars for personal mobility going from door-to-door between towns and cities,” said Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V. “Imagine living in Geneva and driving your flying car from your garage to go to an appointment in Cannes (South-France). Driving 10 minutes to the nearest (grass) airstrip, take-off and be on your way to Cannes. After 2 hours you land near Cannes and in minutes you convert your aircraft back to car-mode. Another 10-minute drive and you arrive at your appointment in the city. A journey that normally takes 5.5 hours will now take only 2.5 hours. On top, you enjoyed the birds-eye view of the Alps, the French countryside, and the freedom of flying. A dream come true."
According to Dingemanse, certification, safety, ease of use, performance, and compactness on the road are critical design factors in developing flying cars. "No one wants to fly a car that isn't certified, hard to fly, or that doesn't fit a standard parking spot," he said.
The other application is flying cars designed to only fly and to be used in urban environments.
"We expect that flying above cities will start 8-12 years from now. These vehicles are called urban air-taxies or eVTOLs (electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing),” said Mike Stekelenburg, CTO of PAL-V. “They are designed for use as public transportation, flying from platform-to-platform and not going from door-to-door. They're an alternative to helicopters, metros, and busses."
PAL-V has also filed patents for a competitive solution for this market. It recently teamed up with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Stekelenburg. "While the PAL-V Liberty is designed for going from door-to-door, this eVTOL is useful for Urban Air Mobility," said Stekelenburg.
According to Dingemanse, cars will take to the sky in 2021 and the PAL-V Liberty can be seen on the roads in the upcoming months. However, before we see air-taxies in urban environment, he says we still have to wait another 10 years, because of the many challenges like regulations, infrastructure, technology, noise, safety, city turbulence, and social acceptance.
Attendees can see the vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show, March 5-15, 2020.
For more information, visit www.pal-v.com.