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AeroMobil flying car prototype crashes, pilot suffers only minor injuries

By Shawn Knight
May 11, 2015
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  1. flying slovakia crash flying car pilot aeromobil stefan klein wreck

    Flying car startup AeroMobil recently experienced a scare as its prototype vehicle crashed during a test flight in Slovakia. Creator and pilot Štefan Klein suffered only minor injuries as he was able to successfully deploy the vehicle’s parachute and thus, avoid bearing the brunt of the impact.

    According to the Prague Post, the vehicle went into a tailspin before Klein opened the parachute system. He climbed out of the wreckage under his own power but was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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    AeroMobil said in a press release that its AeroMobil 3.0 experimental prototype encountered an unexpected situation on May 8 in which Klein activated the parachute system at an altitude of approximately 900 feet.

    The release further noted that in the process of developing new vehicles, the possibility and likelihood of an unexpected situation is a natural part of the testing program. Simply put, the crash was a learning period as it is necessary to test the vehicle in every way possible to establish its limits and improve on them.

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    The company said the detailed data and overall experience from the test flight will be thoroughly analyzed and the results will be used in the ongoing R&D to improve the prototype. Once the damaged parts have been replaced, testing will continue as usual.

    During a speaking engagement at SXSW back in March, AeroMobil CEO Jurja Vaculik said his company was planning to launch its flying car by 2017. It’ll be marketed to wealthy supercar buyers willing to spend at least a couple hundred thousand euros, he added.

    Crash images via Nitra

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    "It’ll be marketed to wealthy supercar buyers willing to spend at least a couple hundred thousand euros, he added".
    I guess that rules me out as their target market, I'm happy to fly coach.
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,181   +528

    Although, you would have to pay for hanger space instead of parking it into a garage (assuming it would even fit) :p
     
  5. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 104   +20

    Developing a car in europe which will never get any certification from the EU byrocrats is just useless. I can see the crash test results with a pedestrian ...
    but a nice hobby for the man developing it... :)
     
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,663   +772

    Well ... certainly a refreshing explanation on the cause of the crash; of course if Microsoft had done this they would simply call it an "undocumented feature" and add another 15% to the price tag!! :)
     
  7. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Why not just buy a jet and a car?
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,541   +2,337

    Only billionaires and morons buy jets.
     
  9. Skewed Input

    Skewed Input TS Rookie Posts: 31   +9

    Microsoft is a successful business that is used by millions of people daily, this "flying car" is a prototype that will be for the rich only. Let's not mention how much Apple would charge to replace their parts...versus Microsoft's "15% increase to their price tag" :) I'll take the later.
     
  10. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    Hmm I think I would rather just buy a Acon A5, comes with a trailer takes up about the same space as a boat, haul it to a lake drop her in and bam your off and flying.
     
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    True, but even bigger morons and billionaires wants to pay a premium to combine them into a fugly *** car.
     
  12. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    People are generally too dumb to let them into the sky. Imagine someone you see every morning in a car next to you on a mobile phone or putting on make-up, which leads to all kinds of accidents. Do that while in the air, and the accidents will increase exponentially.
     
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  13. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 954   +273

    True... the general population has enough trouble with 2 dimensions.... add another and chaos is sure to ensue. Granted there is a lot more space, but they all still have to meet somewhere, which is where most of the problems would occur. I really think we will need automated systems to handle the take off and landings of common-folk aircraft.
     
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    If the hardest part of flying can be automated, why relinquish control at all?
     
  15. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 909   +385

    Do you call the police if it crashes on a road, or the FAA? LOL.
     
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,551   +2,894

    I'm sure the police would know who's jurisdiction it is. I'm also willing to bet they could get there quicker for emergency response purposes. But then for fun, you could always call the FAA. lol It's not everyday you get the opportunity. :p
     

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