Over and out. MaxSwing hopes to disrupt the sports car market with its folding wings
A flying car has landed in Florida.
In an increasingly popular response to the Uber-isation of urban transport, a Florida startup called MaxSwing has unveiled an alternative called a Skycar.
The company, which was founded by David Haas and his son David Haas II, claims that it’s “the world’s first aircraft with wings”.
The 50ft-long Skycar (pictured) was unveiled at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual convention. The design was based on an experimental aircraft from the 1940s. The small contraption sports the wingspan of a BMX bike, but is restricted to a range of up to 3.2 miles – enough for a lot of residents in cities where the roads are cramped and crowded. The initial €95,000 ($110,000) price tag, which includes a one-year maintenance contract, includes a carabiner, though tickets for the vehicle include a parachute.
MaxSwing believes its Skycar is the future of urban transportation because of its unmatched aerial mobility.
In a statement, the company said it was specifically addressing the demand for affordable transportation in crowded city environments where current road-based transit options would not suffice.
With a capacity of up to 10 people (plus luggage) seated in the Skycar’s reduced cabin, MaxSwing believes that the vehicle is ideal for delivery or emergency recovery services.
“The Air Car is a fleet-management device, and a parking control device. We can manage the amount of vehicle and passenger capacity in most situations, versus competing for critical space on city streets or subways with limousines and sedans,” MaxSwing founder Haas said.
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Air taxis and helicopters could take to the skies for commercial use in the coming decades. One man has already put money on it. A piece on Bloomberg cites the man who ploughed $29m into the development of a plane that he hopes could revolutionise the aviation industry.
His project, called Anker, puts a folding propeller between the top two wheels of a bike and connects a rotor underneath that keeps it in the air. He believes it could be in the skies as soon as 2024.
Haas’s proposal fits with another aviation technology that has just arrived in the news. The Civil Aviation Authority launched a petition for a new regulatory body, which could allow self-driving technology to be tested for the first time on UK skies.