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It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a car! Source: DLR
It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a car-copter. A simulated prototype of the Mycopter.
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    Why it matters

    Several European research institutes working on a Personal Aerial Vehicle called “Mycopter” have presented their first findings.

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    Facts

    • Scientists have developed a steering wheel controller with automatic control technology that dramatically simplifies flying.
    • Researchers are exploring issues such as avoiding aerial collisions, the potential for swarming and automatic landing spot recognition.
    • The first attempt to build a flying car was in 1910 in San Diego, U.S.A.
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Ever been stuck in a terrible traffic jam and dreamed simply of flying away from it all? The dream could become reality in the not-so-distant future.

Scientists at the German Aerospace Center, DLR, are working with three other European research centers on a car that can fly.

DLR is leading the “Mycopter” project with the University of Liverpool, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology in Germany. The ambitious program is exploring the viability of individual air transport.

The idea isn’t new. There have been various attempts at combining a car and helicopter. American scientists in San Diego tinkered with a flying car in 1910. The engineer Walter Waterman proved it was possible in 1937 with his Aerobile. More recently, the Terrafugia Transition took to the air in 2009.

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