Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017

Get ready for flying cars to take off in 2017... 


A surprising number of small companies around the world are vying to be the first to bring flying cars to customers, and many are predicting that 2017 will be a turning point for the industry.
Terrafugia, AeroMobil, Moller International and PAL-V are just a few of the companies that are planning to produce, sell and deliver their vehicles within the next few years.
Terrafugia, an American firm founded by MIT grads, expects to start production of its "Transition" flying car in 2017. It's already accepted deposits from roughly 100 customers.

Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017
The Terrafugia Transition in flight.
Slovakian firm AeroMobil plans to finalize its flying car design and begin accepting deposits in 2017
Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017
The AeroMobil 3.0 prototype
PAL-V from the Netherlands has already begun taking orders for its vehicle, and expects deliveries to begin in the spring of 2017
Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017
The PAL-V ONE model looks like a mix between a motorcycle and a gyrocopter.

And California-based Moller International has begun accepting deposits and says it could begin selling its flying vehicles next year, provided the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grants the necessary regulatory permissions
Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017
An illustration of Moller International's Skycar, which is designed to lift off vertically like a drone.
These firms all have high hopes for the future, but various major roadblocks could keep them from reaching their near term goals.
Many companies have previously predicted they'd start selling their vehicles in a year or two, only to delay their plans again and again.
As it stands, regulators are the main reason flying cars are kept off the roads and out of the skies.
The vehicles have to pass numerous tests to prove they're road ready and fit to fly. Getting all the necessary aviation, road and transportation certifications can take ages.
"Building something that works is different than [building] something that's allowed," said Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V, who said his gyrocopter-style vehicle meets all the necessary road and air regulations in Europe and the U.S.
While these regulations may seem like a hindrance to the casual observer, they are designed to keep everyone safe in the air and on the ground.
Case in point: In early May, the AeroMobil 3.0 prototype crashed during a test flight. The pilot was unharmed, but the situation clearly demonstrates the importance of careful regulation and strict safety certifications

Flying cars going to takeoff in 2017
The Aeromobil 3.0 prototype crashed during a test flight on May 8.

The company told CNNMoney the crash will not delay its ambitious goal to start delivering vehicles by 2017. It's already begun fixing the current prototype and constructing a new one.



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