As pal-v, the Dutch company, unveiled its latest flying rotorcraft at the Geneva motor show, we asked whether all the dreams of flying cars could come true.
“James Bond is here,” said the wall of the pal-v booth at the Geneva motor show. Below it is the creation that James Bond is sure to be proud of.
The Dutch company has just launched its first flight to market.
It is a compact tricycle that is said to provide athletic performance on the road and then USES a set of stretchable rotors to carry it into the air.
So does this mean air travel is about to get more convenient? Or will devices like this never surpass the toys of the rich?
This car is called freedom. From a flight point of view, it’s called an automatic gyroscope or a gyroplane.
In other words, it has a helicopter blade that rotates freely to generate lift, while the power is powered by two 100-horsepower engines that are supplied by a separate propeller at the rear.
007 and 007 James Bond in the film “You Only Live” (You Only Live Twice) plays a similar role – this is a named Little Nellie practical joke, it obviously satisfied with comparison.
But freedom is bigger, more luxurious, and it can be used on the road, which means it’s not an ordinary rotorcraft.
It can use one of its two engines at speeds up to 99 MPH (160km/h) on the ground, allowing the pilot to steer straight from the runway to his or her destination.
The company says the secret to achieving this goal is technology, which can tilt the car and keep it stable even if it is designed in three rounds.
Pal-v believes this is the main selling point of Liberty.
“This is the frustration of general aviation,” said Robert dingman, chief executive.
“With a small plane or a helicopter, you can take off from a place you don’t want to leave, and then go somewhere you don’t want to be.
“But if you drive, you can start at your garage door and go straight to where you want to be – that’s what we offer – 3D mobility.”
But professor harry horst, director of the centre for energy research at Lancaster university, believes there are drawbacks to the design.
“Is different from ordinary helicopters, helicopter can land in a very small area,” he said, “but they also need a little motivation before take off, so they cannot be used at the top of the building a helicopter aircraft pad, for example.
“And you have problems in densely populated areas,” he added, “because the rotor needs a wide range of free space.”
Professor Hoster believes that noise can also be a problem in urban areas.
Pal-v is not the only company trying to make commercial success with flying machines. Others took a different approach, choosing either a fixed wing or a folding wing design.
Recently, for example, American Terrafugia, an American company bought by geely, a Volvo Chinese owner, has developed a flying car whose articulated wings are neatly folded after flying.
Terrafugia chief executive Chris Jaran told the BBC: “you can install it in your garage, you can use it to open to any airport, you can spread its wings and fly to another airport, folded up and to the destination.”
, says Mr Jaran gasoline-powered cars can at 70 MPH (113 km/h) of the road, the air speed of 100 miles per hour, in line with the “American planes and cars all the rules”.
Co-founders Anna and Carl Dietrich hope their craft will bring a personalized aviation vision to the masses. But about $280,000 (202,000 pounds) is hardly a mass-market price.
Another important drawback is the need to drive to the airport to fly, the company admits.
So it’s working on a new version of the tf-x, which has a propeller, which can be tilted up and down vertically, and then downward sloping to move forward.
Then there is the slovakian company, AeroMobil, which develops a winged vehicle that flies back neatly behind the cockpit. It USES electricity from roads and gasoline engines in the air. You only have $1.2 million (860,000 pounds).
“Regulation is the biggest obstacle to flying cars, not technology,” says Nick Wirth, director of professional racing and uav designers at Wirth Research.
“Airworthiness regulations have been developed for more than 100 years and it will take years of effort to clean up the aircraft for the pilots. A plane crash is usually much more serious than a car crash, “voss said. Royal Academy.
“Owning and operating a car is a huge difference between owning and operating a plane.”
The world’s current regulatory regime requires flying car owners to have a driver’s license, another potential hurdle for large-scale adoption.