Flying car plans to start selling in 2025
A Silicon Valley start-up named Alef unveiled its Model A flying car and plans to start selling it in 2025. The company wants to revolutionize transportation by charging users $300,000 to avoid traffic. A $300,000 vehicle that Alef Aeronautics thinks will allow well-heeled commuters to both drive on roads and soar over traffic starting in 2025 was unveiled as a prototype on Wednesday.
A 200-mile driving range and a 110-mile flying range are features of the Alef Model A. Additionally, the business began accepting orders for the initial models on its website. At a press presentation held at Draper University in San Mateo, California, the location of one of the business’s two Silicon Valley design labs, the company unveiled a single passenger Alef Model A prototype as well as two flying Alef Zero prototypes. Additionally, the business began accepting orders for the initial models on its website.
At a press presentation held at Draper University in San Mateo, California, the location of one of the business’s two Silicon Valley design labs, the company unveiled a single passenger Alef Model A prototype as well as two flying Alef Zero prototypes. This might eventually lead to a $35,000 Model Z in 2030 that only needs a drone operator’s license.
With electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and autonomous piloting technology, the company is one of many aeronautics companies aiming to transform transportation. However, as citizens, the Federal Aviation Administration, and local governments grapple with the concept of a sky occupied by hundreds of personal aircraft and perhaps even delivery drones, there are significant engineering hurdles as well as perhaps even greater regulatory challenges.
Using the examples of the flying cars in the Back to the Future, Bladerunner, and Jetsons cartoons, Dukhovny claimed that the Alef flying car will revolutionize transportation.
Using eight propellers housed inside a body roughly the size of a big automobile, the battery-powered device Alef will launch vertically if it is used as intended. The vehicle’s mesh-topped body houses one or two people inside bubble-like compartments, but the majority of the space is empty space. The company has tested that vertical takeoff technique with its two Alef Zero prototypes.
What follows is more unusual but essential to the design of the airplane. For the body to transition from upward flight to forward flight, it pivots 90 degrees around its long axis. The car’s body pivots such that one side becomes the top wing and the other the bottom wing.
If you picture the Alef Model A in your hand, it would appear like you are driving with your hand held flat and your fingers pointing forward. You twist your hand, though, so that your thumb is on top as it flies. Your flat palm is now facing the wind as it blows.