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.