Geneva (AP) -- The production model of a flying car, the PAL-V Liberty, was presented at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
The production model of a flying car, the PAL-V Liberty, was presented at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. Courtesy: PAL-V / NBC News Channel
The three-wheeled, two-seat car and gyroplane is aimed at commuters who want to choose whether to drive or fly to work, according to Robert Dingemanse CEO of PAL-V, the Dutch company who has developed the flying car.
The PAL-V is pushed forward by a rear-mounted propeller driven by two engines. It is stabilized by a roof-mounted rotor that Dingemanse stresses makes it safe.
The rotor and propeller fold away, the tail retracts and the PAL-V is ready to drive.
Dingemanse says special training is needed to fly the vehicle.
Henner Lehne, senior director of global vehicle forecasting for IHS Markit, was skeptical of the PAL-V, comparing eventual legislation to the difficulties encountered by those addressing autonomous driving.
Production for the PAL-V was initially set for 2018, but Dingemanse says he expects it will be rolled out to customers by the end of next year.