AeroMobil is pioneering the design and commercialization of flying cars, developing technology to produce a range of vehicles for short take-off and landing (STOL) and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Its vehicles feature lightweight technology and full electric power on the ground. The first production vehicle, the AeroMobil 4.0 features a deployable fixed wing. Future vehicles will offer VTOL capabilities, as showcased in the 5.0 concept. (Read more about AeroMobil’s 5.0 aircraft design and the growing VTOL market.)
“We believe China has a vital role to play in the adoption of personal aviation and flying cars,” AeroMobil CEO and Co-founder Juraj Vaculik says. “China’s foresight to invest in infrastructure to support its goals will ensure it continues to be one of the most influential economies in the 21st Century. Flying cars will add to the array of personal transportation options available, offering comfortable, safe travel that dramatically reduces journey times and the environmental impact of intra-urban travel.”
With 200 of its 500 new planned airports already built, China is set to become the world’s largest aviation market by 2022. China will have a ready-made infrastructure for innovative flying vehicles such as the AeroMobil Sky Dragon because it is designed to comply with existing road and aviation regulations.
AeroMobil sees strong growth potential for personal aviation and flying cars in China, predicting personal air transportation to be the next frontier and global mega-industry. Personal air transport will help increase connections between its large urbanized areas and reduce traffic, congestion, and emissions. Flying cars can easily integrate with current and future transportation infrastructure, allowing for greater connections between other modes of transport across short and medium distances, officials explain.
Unveiled at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), “Sky Dragon” symbolizes the strength and auspicious power of both flying car concepts, gives a nod to Chinese culture and history, and emphasizes how flying cars can soar majestically across the China skies to create a New Era, officials say.
The AeroMobil Sky Dragon concept merges the latest in aerospace and automotive technology; features a red matte finish with contrasting gold leaf metallic paint, with brake struts in gold and the leading edge of the propeller in red; and sports an ornamental dragon on the roof of the vehicle.
The interior features perforated Nappa red leather across the major components, including the seats and major surfaces, to complement the exterior finish. The seats also feature an embossed matching dragon head in gold on the headrest. The interior is finished with gold leaf patterned components across the door, controls, and center console.
A goal of AeroMobil is to enable people to travel farther in less time by using flying cars. For example, a car journey from Shanghai to Hangzhou’s West Lake scenic area could take more than three hours by road, but with the AeroMobil it would take 40 minutes to fly there. Alternatively, a journey from Shanghai to Nantong across the Yangtze River could take up to 8 hours with traffic on the road but would take less than 30 minutes in an AeroMobil Sky Dragon. This shows how flying cars can support important national initiatives such as the integration of the Yangtze River delta, officials say.
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