Flying cars are nearly here, accord to Airbus

The flying car has been a staple of many sci-fi films over the years, but they could be arriving sooner than we thought, according to plane manufacturer Airbus.

According to an article published in Airbus Group’s corporate magazine, they are hard at work on a flying car, under the codename Vahana.

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Airbus’ innovation group A3 are handling the project in Silicon Valley, California. The flying vehicle has been designed with multiple propellers and is said to resemble a small drone in its appearance.

It is believed to cost around the same as a standard taxi, but would fly at low-levels just above the city in order to reach its destination.

The name Vahana stems from the Sanskrit word meaning “that which carries”, and Airbus has been working on the project since February. They hope to have the first prototype ready for testing by the end of 2017.

While the majority of the details around Vahana, or CityAirbus as it has also been called, are being kept quiet, Airbus have promised that the whole project is “feasible”, although the technology for autonomous flying vehicles isn’t quite ready.

Rodin Lyasoff, A3 project executive has recently spoken of the CityAirbus and its progress, saying: "Many of the technologies needed, such as batteries, motors and avionics are most of the way there.

"We believe that global demand for this category of aircraft can support fleets of millions of vehicles worldwide."

So we could see a flying car in the sky as early as next year! Back to the Future were close, but not quite there… But fear not, we’ll be here to help you sell your car when the time comes to upgrade to a flying car!