It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a flying car.
A winged vehicle equipped with wheels and a BMW engine recently completed a flight in Slovakia.
The AirCar, developed by Slovakian researcher Stefan Klein, took to the sky to travel between a pair of airports, Motor Authority reports. The 35-minute flight marked the latest chapter in Klein’s decades-long quest to build a car that can safely fly.
The vehicle has two seats, a rear-mounted propeller and wings that fold in or fold out, depending on whether the AirCar is driving or flying. Klein says it can fly 600 miles at an altitude of 8,200 feet and can shift from plane to car in a matter of minutes.
Klein Vision is among a field of competitors vying to produce the world’s first flying car for commercial purposes. Klein’s former company, AeroMobil, debuted what it called a production-ready flying car at a show in Monaco in 2017.
Morgan Stanley estimates that the market for flying cars could be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040. Klein’s AirCar took two years to develop at a cost of under $2 million.
He called the trip between airports in Slovakia “very pleasant,” according to BBC.
Legal Rights for Car Owners on the Ground
While Klein and others continue to set their sights on the sky, the world’s largest car manufacturers continue to have a hard time ensuring their vehicles are safe to hit the road.
Carmakers recall millions of vehicles around the world every year, citing a wide range of serious defects and malfunctions that put people’s safety at risk. These recalls are commonly announced long after the covered vehicles have left the factory floor and been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
The good news for car owners in California is that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective vehicle fixed
The California lemon law requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also obligates manufacturers to buy back covered vehicles that the companies are unwilling or not able to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing fees and related expenses.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle in the Golden State, an experienced California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand and enforce your rights.
Our lawyers have represented hundreds of clients across the state in defective vehicle cases. We are tireless advocates, dedicated to ensuring that car manufacturers are held responsible when they do not live up to their responsibilities. Our firm has a strong track record of successful results for our clients.