You Can Buy This Electric Flying Car For Under $100,000
Look at this: This personal flying machine costs less than $100,000
After seeing several videos of the Jetson One flying over golf courses, deserts and trees, we got our first in-person glimpse of the flying machine in Southern California. At first glance, the Jetson One looks like a drone and a Formula 1 car had a baby.
In the cockpit, there are two joysticks: one moves the vehicle up and down, and the other controls forward, backward, left, right and yaw. With the help of the flight computer, Jetson co-founder and chief innovation officer Tomasz Patan says anyone can learn to fly it in “minutes”.
It’s fully electric, with the battery hidden under the driver’s bucket seat, which is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar. The Jetson One has enough engines to stay airborne even after one engine fails. GPS at the top and lidar at the bottom power an auto-landing function and, according to Patan, a ballistic parachute on the back can “save you in the worst case from 20 meters”.
The eight propellers are spread over four arms that fold up for easy storage and transportation.
The Jetson One was designed to meet FAA requirements for an ultralight vehicle, which means it can be flown without a pilot’s license in the United States. With a flight time of 20 minutes, the main purpose of the Jetson One is to have a good time and get a taste of what it’s like to fly.
The Jetson One is available for sale for $98,000, with an $8,000 deposit. They’re still in the testing phase, but senior adviser Rikard Steiber said the company has “hundreds of pre-orders” and hopes to start getting the vehicles off the ground in the United States in less than a year.
To see the Jetson One in action, watch the video in this article.
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